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November 8, 2013

Five witnesses take stand Friday morning at Techel Trial

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The defense then called two witnesses who gave very short testimonies. The first, Dr. Steven Quackenbush, was asked if he performed a drug screen on Techel. He said he had, and it came back negative for any substances. The second, Mark Hagist, who is an investigator for the Wapello County Medical Examiner, was in charge of investigating the body of Lisa Techel. He said after the crime lab was finished investigating the scene, he took photos and made observations of the body before identifying it and tagging it. Lisa Techel’s body was then removed from the scene.

Jeremy Weller, the reserve policeman who found the murder weapon just outside the Techel home on May 27, 2012, was the last witness called to the stand before the lunch break. Defense attorney Robert Box questioned him about the area where he found the shotgun, which was in the tall grass beside the home and close to a tree, according to Weller.

Court then took a recess for lunch, with Weller scheduled to come back to the stand after the break.

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