Seth Techel's preliminary hearing waived

Seth Techel

Seth Techel was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the Wapello County Courthouse Wednesday morning, however, his lawyer waived the hearing.


is charged with

first-degree murder

in the death of his wife

, Lisa Techel, and nonconsensual termination of a pregnancy in the death of her unborn child. Techel

pleaded not guilty

to the charges last week.

Techel's case will now head to District Court, where they will set a date for indictment. A representative at the courthouse told KTVO that the indictment must take place within 45 days of arrest.

Techel is still being held in the Monroe County Jail.