OTTUMWA — Seth Techel's retrial has been delayed until further notice.
Techel's defense attorney, Steven Gardner, is "suffering from ongoing complications from a prior medically diagnosed condition that is causing significant physical symptoms," according to court documents. On Thursday, Gardner is expected to begin medications that will cause side effects lasting two to three weeks.
The retrial was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in Mount Pleasant. A hearing has not yet been scheduled to determine the new date of the retrial.
Techel, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy following the shooting death of his wife and unborn child on May 26, 2012 at their home in rural Agency.
A nearly month-long trial this spring resulted in a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on the verdict.
Defense attorneys also noted that on Friday they received more evidence that will require more investigation and time in order to obtain additional documentation and possible expert testimony.