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July 17, 2014

DCI Criminalist: Crime scene indicated no signs of a struggle

DAVENPORT — In a recorded interview with Wapello County Deputy Jeff Layton, Seth Techel, 23, breaks down and sobs when he talks about his wife and their unborn child.

Techel faces charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy after his pregnant wife, Lisa Caldwell Techel, was shot and killed in the couple’s mobile home near Agency on May 26, 2012.

Layton took the stand today and answered questions after the jury heard his interview with Techel after his wife was found dead from a gunshot wound.

Here’s what happened, Seth Techel said: The night before his wife, who worked a late shift as a jailer, was slain, he had come home from his job and watched television with his dog, Remington, beside him. In the interview, Seth Techel says he got home about 11 p.m. and his wife got home about midnight.

Seth Techel said he got up about 5 a.m. and told his wife he’d shower then wake her up in a few minutes. He let Remington out, and the dog was “looking around,” Techel said. Techel then got in the shower.

He “heard the blast” and ran out to check to see if his wife still was breathing, and she was. “At that point, the biggest thing on my mind was finding the (---)” who shot her, Techel said, and broke down. He said he got out of the shower and “heard a thud.” He then grabbed his Glock and ran down the hallway “as fast as I could, trying to catch whoever was in my house.”

When he later “ripped off the sheet,” he saw the bullet hole in his wife’s left side. She didn’t have a pulse, said Techel.

The dog, Techel said, did not bark when Techel was in the shower.

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