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November 12, 2013

Defense continues case after day off at Techel trial

MT. PLEASANT — Court resumed Tuesday at the Seth Techel murder trial after a day off for Veterans Day on Monday.

Doug Techel, father of the defendant, and Lorraine Uehling-Techel, Seth Techel’s mother, each took the stand as one of the defense witnesses. Their testimonies were after the lunch break, and it was obvious that both were emotional as they recounted the events of May 26 and 27, 2012.

Defense attorney Steve Gardner began by asking questions related to what Doug and Lorraine did after receiving phone calls from Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Wunderlin a little before 6 a.m. on May 26.

Doug Techel said he arrived at the Seth and Lisa Techel home at about 20 minutes after 6 a.m., and was there, for the most part, until he, Seth and Lorraine went to the Ottumwa Law Enforcement Center.

It was at the Law Enforcement Center when Doug Techel asked his son whether or not they needed to seek help from a lawyer.

“I asked [Seth] if we should get a lawyer,” Techel said. “He said no. He said he had nothing to hide.”

Two days after Lisa Techel’s death, on May 28, 2012, Lorraine Uehling-Techel went to Seth and Lisa’s home. There she took pictures of the home and property and made notice that several things had been searched through by DCI and law enforcement officials.

The defense counsel started the day Tuesday by calling John C. Cayton from the Access Forensics Laboratory in Cameron, Mo., to the stand. Cayton is an expert on forensics with decades of experience examining crime scenes and items of evidence, including firearms. He reviewed evidence from the crime scene, and, according to him, received two CDs with various reports and photographs from the scene, Lisa Techel’s autopsy and the murder weapon.

Gardner questioned Cayton about the murder weapon and had him describe the shotgun to the jury. Gardner then moved on to gunshot residue testing, which was not performed on Techel or Brian Tate, Techel’s neighbor who the defense thinks is a better suspect in the case.

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