More Witnesses Called in Techel Murder Trial

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By Larry Burkum

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Defense attorneys have questioned more witnesses in the murder trial of a former Iowa jail guard accused of killing his pregnant wife.

Among the witnesses Friday in the trial of Seth Techel was Chief Deputy Don Phillips of the Wapello County Sheriff's Office. Phillips spoke about his interview with a former neighbor just days after Lisa Techel's May 2012 death.

Seth Techel is charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death. She was found shot in their Agency trailer.

The Ottumwa Courier reports Phillips said Brian Tate, the neighbor, complained about the department not taking proper interest in his reports of vandalism at his property.

Defense attorneys argue Tate, who died in September 2012, was a more likely suspect in the case. Prosecutors say there's no evidence proving that.
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