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Jury in Murder Trial Can Review Interrogation Video
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Jurors will be allowed to review the video, but not the transcript, of an Iowa man being interrogated as they consider whether he's guilty of murder in the death of his pregnant wife.
Judge Daniel Wilson said Thursday that he has provided the video of Seth Techel's interview with Division of Criminal Investigation agent Chris Thomas to jurors.
But he denied their request for the transcript of the four-hour interrogation that jurors were given during the trial to follow along, saying that was not evidence.
The interrogation came hours after Techel's wife, Lisa Techel, was found dead in their trailer in Agency, in rural southeastern Iowa. In it, he denied killing his wife and rejected pressure to confess.
The jury is considering whether Techel is guilty of first-degree murder.