Third murder trial for Seth Techel set to begin

Seth Techel in court during his second trial

UPDATE FROM KTVO'S REPORTER IN THE COURTROOM: Day one of Seth Techelâ??s third murder trial has come and gone without a jury being seated.

About 60 Scott County residents were in a Davenport courtroom Monday as Judge Daniel Wilson began the process of jury selection.

Much of the day was spent questioning potential jurors

Attorneys for both sides are trying to pick 12 jurors and four alternates who will decide the case.

Cameras are not allowed to record jury selection, but KTVO will have a camera in the courtroom once testimony gets underway this week.

Questioning the jury pool first was Prosecutor Andrew Prosser.

It became clear from Prosser's questioning of the panel, the change of venue seems to have been effective.

Almost none of the prospective jurors had any familiarity with southeast Iowa or the case of the Agency, Iowa man, who's accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife in 2012.

In fact, not one person in the jury pool told Prosser that he or she was familiar with any of the parties related to the case, including the long list of potential witnesses.

Court resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday when the defense will question potential jurors.

A jury is expected to be seated by late Tuesday morning.

Opening arguments are set to get underway after that.


Seth Techel will stand trial for murder for the third time in just over two years.

The 23-year-old Agency, Iowa man is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Lisa, in May 2012.

Techel first faced a jury in February 2013. That Wapello County panel was unable to reach a verdict.

Prosecutors decided to try Techel for a second time later that year.

Last November, a Henry County jury in Mt. Pleasant ended deliberations with the same result, a hung jury.

The third trial will feature a new location and some new faces.

Davenport is the venue and a Des Moines attorney takes over the defense.

For friends, family and witnesses on both sides a third trial means reliving that terrible Memorial Day weekend yet again.

One thing unlikely to change is the defense strategy.

All indications point to the defense once again trying to convince jurors that the Techels' neighbor, the now-deceased Brian Tate, is the most likely killer.

Jury selection began at 9 a.m. and the court recessed for the day just after 4 p.m. Monday.

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