Closing Arguments Begin in Trial of Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Wife


By Aaron Hepker

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys have begun closing arguments in the murder trial of a former Iowa jail guard accused of killing his pregnant wife.

The Ottumwa Courier reports prosecutor Andy Prosser argued Wednesday that Seth Techel was the only person with a reason to kill Lisa Techel. He added that Seth Techel wanted to kill his wife to be with another woman.

Defense attorney Steven Gardner told jurors there was a lack of proper evidence collected in the case. He has previously argued that a former neighbor may have been a better suspect in the case.

Seth Techel is charged with first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in the May 2012 death of his wife and their unborn child. She was found shot in their trailer.
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