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July 15, 2014

Jury selected in third Techel trial

DAVENPORT — Emergency responders at the murder scene in 2012 will continue their testimony Wednesday before a 12-person jury, along with four alternates, sworn in late this morning for the Seth Techel trial.

Techel sat with his defense team that includes court-appointed attorneys Jake Feuerhelm and Roger Owens of Des Moines. Assistant Attorneys General Scott Brown and Andrew Prosser, who have prosecuted the case since its beginning, sat on the other side of the courtroom. The trial will continue Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport.

Techel faces charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy after his 17-weeks pregnant wife, Lisa Caldwell Techel, was shot and killed in the couple’s mobile home near Agency in May 2012.

For the third time, Judge Daniel Wilson presides over Techel’s trial. Wilson first was assigned the case in July 2012. Each of the first two trials, in Wapello and Henry counties, ended with a hung jury.

Testimony will continue Wednesday from Deputy Marty Wonderlin, who today said he knew Seth Techel during Seth's internship with Wapello County and also knew Lisa Caldwell Techel and her father, Deputy Todd Caldwell.

When Wonderlin arrived at the scene in his patrol car after he was paged by Wapello County, he saw Seth Techel outside his home. Techel was bent over, sobbing, doubled at the waist, Wonderlin said.

Paramedic Brian Bennett got to the scene shortly before Wonderlin at 5:34 a.m., Bennett testified. He said that Todd and Amy Caldwell arrived later.

Seth Techel was standing outside and was on the phone when Bennett arrived and did not accompany Bennett inside, Bennett said.

Bennett said a big Labrador-type dog came up to the car when he arrived, but it wasn’t aggressive. He said he went inside and saw Lisa Techel on the bed. She was warm to the touch, he said, and he started CPR on her. Another deputy arrived and started helping Bennett with CPR.

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