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Foreman Calls Techel Murder Case A ‘Slam Dunk'

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution’s case was a “slam dunk” even if the investigation had flaws.

Thom Nelson told The Associated Press that the evidence showed “there was just no way” that anybody but Seth Techel could’ve shot Lisa Techel.

Nelson says the shotgun used in the killing was “very important to us.” The gun belonged to one of Techel’s former roommates, and was found in tall grass outside the trailer the next day.

Nelson says one juror was initially reluctant to find Techel guilty, suggesting a troubled neighbor could have been the killer. But he says she was ultimately convinced that the evidence implicated Techel.

Nelson says jurors “weren’t real happy” with shortcomings in the investigation.

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