Techel trial ends with hung jury again
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:27:40 GMT —
Murder suspect Seth Techel's retrial is over, and it ended the exact same way as the first one: with a hung jury.
Late this afternoon, Judge Daniel Wilson declared a mistrial.
Around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Wilson called the Henry County jury back into Mt. Pleasant courtroom and questioned the jury foreman about the state of deliberations.
The foreman assured the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked, and could not all agree whether or not Techel is the one who fatally shot his wife in May of 2012.
Judge Wilson told them to return to the jury room and resume deliberations, and he would call them back to the courtroom later.
After the jury went back to work, defense attorney Steve Gardner made a motion for a mistrial.
When the jury returned later this afternoon without a verdict, Judge Wilson then granted a mistrial.
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Prosser told KTVO he will be trying the case again.
Bond for Seth Techel is continued at $750,000 cash only. He is expected to be transferred back to the Monroe County jail.
Techel's next hearing is set for November 25th in Wapello County.