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October 30, 2013

Opening arguments begin in Techel retrial

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MT. PLEASANT —

Gardner told jurors the defense has facts on its side while prosecutors will rely on innuendo and suggestions.

“For whatever reason the state did not say anything in their opening statement about fact,” he said.

Gardner also sought to shift the jury's attention to Brian Tate, a neighbor whom the defense says is a more likely suspect for Lisa's death. Tate was “seriously mentally ill,” and had a running dispute with Seth Techel over property.

The 18-minute timeline also came in for defense criticism. Gardner said that only works if Techel shot Lisa almost as soon as the alarm went off. The defense contends Techel let the dog out and had been in the shower for about five minutes when he heard the gunshot. That reduces the amount of time between the alarm and the 911 call.

 

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