Additional Tate medical records allowed at Techel's third trial

The pre-trial wrangling in advance of Seth Techel's third murder trial is in full swing.

Judge Daniel Wilson ruled on several defense motions late last week and it is clear that the Agency, Iowa man's new defense team isn't going to change strategy.

In previous trials, defense attorney Steven Gardner argued that Techel's neighbor, the now-deceased Brian Tate, was responsible for Lisa Techel's death. The defense was allowed to use Tate's medical records from Ottumwa Regional Health Center to show that he suffered from mental illnesses. The defense was effective enough to prevent two juries from reaching a unanimous verdict.

On Friday, Judge Wilson granted a motion by Techel's new attorney that will allow the defense to present additional medical records from the Veteran's Administration.

The defense believes the records will bolster its claims that Tate was dangerously mentally ill.

Techel will get a chance to convince a third jury of this theory when the trial begins on July 14 in Scott County.