January trial date for accused murderer seems unlikely

Seth Techel in court during his second trial

The new lawyers for accused murderer Seth Techel are now on the case.

However, that may not mean the 23-year-old Agency man's third trial is anywhere in the immediate future.

Des Moines attorneys Jake Feuerhelm and Roger Owens officially took over the defense during the first week of December.

According to online court records, Techel's new team notified the court late last week of his intention to waive his right to a speedy trial.

Under Iowa law, Techel is entitled to have his third trial start within 90 days of his second trial ending.

At a hearing in the aftermath of Techel's second trial, prosecutors indicated that they would be ready to go within that time frame, even suggesting the third trial start the first week of January 2014.

But now that the new defense team has waived the right to a speedy trial, any January trial date seems extremely unlikely.

In the meantime, Techel remains in custody while he waits to find out if Judge Daniel Wilson is going to grant his request to have his $750,000 cash bond reduced to $75,000.

Judge Wilson has given no indication as to when he might make that ruling.

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