Trial delayed for man accused of killing pregnant wife

Seth Andrew Techel is charged with First Degree Murder

A man accused of killing his wife and her unborn child in a case that shocked the Heartland, is still awaiting his trial date.

Seth Techel, 22, of Agency, Iowa, will not stand trial next month as scheduled.

Techel is charged with first degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy. Police were called to the Techel home in Agency early in the morning of May 27, 2012 where they found Lisa Techel dead from a shotgun blast.

Seth Techel, who had been married to Lisa for less than a year, was arrested later that week.

At the time of her death, Lisa Techel was a Wapello County Sheriff's Reserve officer and worked at the Washington County Jail.

Techel has entered a not guilty plea in the case. He was scheduled for trial on November 6, however the trial will now be rescheduled. The judge has ordered attorneys for both sides to give him available dates no later than October 22.

Techel remains behind bars under $750,000 cash only bond.

Previous stories....

Murder suspect attends subpoena hearing - Monday, July 09, 2012

Defense and prosecution attorneys in the case of Seth Techel met at the Wapello County Courthouse Monday to present arguments regarding a subpoena for records.

Seth Techel's preliminary hearing waived - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The case will now head to District Court to set an indictment.

Techel pleads not guilty - Friday, June 01, 2012

According to Iowa Online Court records, Techel's attorney, Steve Gardner filed the plea Friday morning.

Sheriff says evidence against Seth Techel is strong - Thursday, May 31, 2012

Techel called 9-1-1 at approximately 5:23 a.m. on May 26 to report that his wife had been shot and wasn't breathing.