Jury selection in the retrial of Seth Techel set to begin

Seth Techel

Jury selection in the retrial of Seth Techel gets underway Monday morning.

On Sunday afternoon attorneys for the state and the defense gathered at the Henry County Courthouse to survey the courtroom where the fate of 23-year-old Techel is expected to be decided over the next month.

Techel is once again facing a first-degree murder charge in the May 2012 death of his pregnant wife Lisa Caldwell Techel. Techel faced the same charge in February of this year, but a Wapello County jury could not come to a decision after a trial that lasted nearly five weeks.

In the aftermath of the hung jury, district court judge Daniel Wilson moved the trial to Mt. Pleasant in the hope of finding one that could reach a verdict. The location may have changed, but the evidence and arguments will be a repeat of the first trial.

The state intends to argue that Techel believed killing his wife was his only escape from a failing marriage. The defense will try to convince a jury that law enforcement rushed to judge Techel, ignoring the possibility of other suspects.

Jury selection is expected to take at least a-day-and-a-half, meaning opening arguments should begin sometime on Tuesday.