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November 15, 2013

Mistrial

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“You have to control your emotions in this case. I know that is difficult to do. If you don’t think you can control any outbursts of emotion … go ahead and leave.”

After another hour and a half of deliberations, the jury was brought back to the courtroom. Wilson reminded the courtroom that there were to be no emotional outbursts with the jury present before bringing the jury back.

The judge asked the jury if there had been a verdict reached in the time since they started deliberations again. The head juror stated there was not a verdict reached and that there had been no change in the voting numbers. There was also no possibility that further deliberations would sway their vote, according to the head juror.

Wilson went into deep thought for a few moments and then granted the defense motion of a mistrial, meaning he was ending the trial due to the jury not coming to a unanimous decision. The jury was then sent out of the courtroom for the final time.

“The motion for a mistrial made by the defendant … is granted,” Wilson said. “After the deliberations it appears that this jury cannot agree on a unanimous decision on this case.”

It was then determined that further action with the case would be settled at a hearing at the Wapello County Courthouse at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 25. Techel will continue to be held under the same circumstances.

According to the prosecution, they will try to get another retrial.

“It was an easy decision to make,” Brown said.

After the trial, the Caldwell family was available for questioning. They were understandably very emotional as they talked with the media and did so as a family.

“We are confident that it will be worked out in the future,” Todd Caldwell, Lisa Techel’s father, said. “Of course, we wanted a result today; we wanted justice to be done. We know that it will be done eventually.”

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