Jury resumes deliberations in trial
(AP) — A jury has adjourned in the murder trial of a former Iowa jail guard accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife.
The Ottumwa Courier reports a judge granted the adjournment Thursday. The Henry County jurors will return Friday to resume deliberations.
The jury is trying to reach a verdict in the case of Seth Techel. He is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2012 death of his wife, Lisa Techel. She was found shot in the couple’s Agency trailer in southeast Iowa.
Prosecutors say Seth Techel killed his wife to pursue a relationship with another woman. Defense attorneys say a former neighbor, who is now deceased, was a better suspect in the case.
This is Seth Techel’s second trial. A judge declared a mistrial in March.