Jury Considers Murder Case Against Southeast Iowan

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By Aaron Hepker

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been handed the case against a man charged with killing his pregnant wife at their home near Agency in southeast Iowa.

Final arguments were completed Monday in the trial of Seth Techel, who is charged with the May 26 murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy.

Prosecutors say Seth Techel wanted to end his marriage to Lisa Techel but feared alienation from her father, a sheriff's deputy. Seth Techel's lawyer has ridiculed the police investigation and suggested a neighbor may have killed Lisa Techel.

Both Techels worked in law enforcement. Lisa Techel was a reserve deputy and Seth Techel was a jailer.
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