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February 25, 2013

Trial turns to motive

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OTTUMWA — Other details from the trial:

• Though the defense previously showed that the dog “Remington” would probably not bark at an intruder, a law enforcement officer on the stand told the prosecution that a second dog on the property “went nuts” barking as he walked past.

• The defense confirmed deputies put up yellow crime scene tape that went around the Techel home, including tape going right up to the tree where the murder weapon was found.

• Prosecutors asked if Techel stopped sobbing. Deputy Marty Wonderlin said Techel stopped every time the deputy was on the phone.

• The defense pointed out a photo of a glove that had not been on the porch at the home before the shooting took place. Gardner showed a teething puppy walked along the porch with a family friend who had searched the porch to avoid having the dog chew on anything he could damage — or that could hurt the puppy. He saw no glove before the shooting.

• Gardner referred to a sworn statement in a police report in which an investigator said the defendant and coworker Rachel McFarland had begun a romantic relationship in October, 2011. McFarland did not know Seth Techel in October 2011, she testified. They met at a work  meeting in November, and began flirting on Facebook in December.

 

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