Techel trial once again ends in mistrial
It was a different jury, but it yielded the same result. After an almost three-week trial and two days of deliberation, the jury once again failed to reach a conclusion resulting in a mistrial. The state, however, intends to try the case a third time.
At around 10:50 a.m., the head juror sent a note to judge Dan Wilson saying the jury would not be able to reach a verdict asking what to do next.
At around 2:40 p.m., the jury was called into the courtroom and again reinforced their stance that they were hopelessly deadlocked and a decision would not be reached.
When the jury was brought in, an emotional Caldwell family was present in the courtoom and some of them were in tears.
Defense attorney Steve Gardner then argued to judge Wilson claiming such emotional outbursts in front of the jury could influence their opinions. He went as far as threatening to file a dismissal of all charges if these outbursts continued.
Todd Caldwell, the father of Lisa Caldwell-Techel, said him and his family were appalled by these accusations.
"He thought that we were intentionally crying and intentionally behaving in a way to influence the jury which is totally ridiculous," said Caldwell.
Gardner filed a motion for a mistrial, but was immediately denied. Judge Wilson sent the jury back for further deliberations with plans of calling them back later in the afternoon to check on their progress. However, when he called the jury back around approximately 4:30 p.m. there was none.
They maintained their stance that they were hopelessly deadlocked and further deliberations would amount to nothing.
Gardner once again filed a motion for a mistrial which the state did not argue.
Judge Wilson then made it official: the first-degree murder trial of Seth Techel once again resulted in a mistrial.
The state vows to try the case for a third time.
"That was an easy decision," said State Attorney General Scott Brown. "We discussed it before the mistrial was ordered, but we will be retrying it for sure."
While the Caldwell family will continue to do everything they can to bring justice to Lisa.
"We will do whatever it takes to make sure Lisa is taken care of," said Tracy Davis Caldwell, Lisa's mother. "And for us this is making sure Lisa is taken care of. So, at all costs--you know time, effort, whatever it takes."
Seth Techel's bond hearing has been scheduled for November 25, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. inside the Wapello County Courthouse.