Jury finds Techel guilty of murdering wife
A Scott County jury has found Seth Techel guilty of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of pregnancy.
Jurors worked for about four hours over two days before arriving at their decision around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The 23-year-old Agency, Iowa man showed little emotion as the verdict was read.
The verdict comes after two previous juries failed to reach a verdict in the case, and was hard fought for the prosecution and the family of Lisa Techel.
After Techel was taken away in hand-cuffs, the Caldwell family spoke about the two year ordeal.
They expressed thanks to the jury, and joy that Lisa and her unborn baby finally have justice, but they also talked about the need to start the healing process; a process that includes Seth's family.
"Yeah I mean I love those people, and I know how bad they are hurting. I know there is no winners in this. We are all losers. Doug and I have talked weâ??re going to meet somewhere, have lunch, or whatever, and just talk about whatever and try to, we live in the same community we are going to pass each other, weâ??re going to see each other so we got to try and get over the awkwardness,â?? said Lisaâ??s father, Todd Caldwell.
The trial is over but that doesn't mean the case is finished.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2014.
In Iowa, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, but Techel's defense team tells KTVO they have a variety of issues they believe the can take to the appellate court.
As soon as Techel is sentenced they intend to file those appeals.