The Ottumwa Courier

February 19, 2013

Jury selection underway in Techel murder trial


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — The pool of prospective jurors in Seth Techel's murder trial has shrunk considerably, but there is still a lot of work to go.

Jury selection began Monday with 75-80 prospective jurors in the courtroom. By the lunch recess that number was down to 37. That may sound like a lot, said Judge Daniel Wilson, but attorneys for each side will eliminate a number of them.

The final jury will include 12 jurors and three alternates.

Jury selection will continue Tuesday afternoon. There has been no formal target set for attorneys to offer their opening arguments.

Prosecutor Scott Brown with the Iowa Attorney General's office told the jury pool the trial could last two to three weeks.

Techel is accused of murdering his wife, Lisa, at their home in May 2012. Lisa was pregnant at the time and the charges against Techel include non-consensual termination of her pregnancy.