At the scene, they both decided to search the immediate area beside the home while sheriff’s officers left to get an ATV that would better help them get around the property, and it is then that they found the shotgun by a tree marked with an "X."
“I heard him [Weller] say ‘shotgun,’” Stevens said.
“It was probably 5 or 6 feet from the tree … in some tall grass,” Weller said.
Weller was also questioned about his role in providing Phillips with 911 calls and radio traffic from the day of Lisa Techel’s death. Phillips sent an email to Weller on June 6, 2012, one day after Weller found a third audio recording. But Weller did not include the third recording in his report and only provided the first two. He later brought the third recording to the attention of both councils, in March 2013.
Others who testified on behalf of the defense were: Dr. Steven Quackenbush, pathologist who performed a drug screen on Techel; Mark Hagist, who investigated Lisa Techel’s body for the Wapello County Medical Examiner; Darwin Chapman, fingerprint analyzer from the state crime lab in Ankeny; and Justin Grodnitzky, criminalist from the state crime lab who took video and photos of the scene.
Court is not in session Monday due to Veterans Day, so the trial will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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