The prosecution is expected to call witnesses to further flesh out the timeline today at the Seth Techel murder trial at the Henry County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant.
Court adjourned for the day Wednesday as the defense team was cross-examining Wapello County Deputy Martin Wonderlin, who was the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene of Lisa Techel’s murder on the morning of May 26th, 2012. Wonderlin testified that he had arrived at the scene, assisted first responder Brian Bennett with CPR until it was clear that it was too late to save Lisa’s life.
Wonderlin said that when he arrived at the Techel home, Seth Techel was on the back porch doubled over crying. Techel told Wonderlin that he heard a gunshot while in the shower, went to his room and saw Lisa not breathing, grabbed his pistol and ran to the front door, which was open, but could not see anyone.
Wonderlin said that Techel was very upset and emotional, but he did find it strange that he could see no tears through all of Techel’s sobbing.
Two of Wonderlin’s conversations with Techel were recorded by his automobile camera. Defense attorney Steven Gardner objected to the airing of those recordings, wanting instead to air the entire recording, from the time Wonderlin’s camera began recording until it stopped.
District judge Daniel Wilson allowed Wonderlin’s recordings to be heard, but also said he would allow Gardner to play the entire recording at a later time. It is expected that the entire recording will be played today.
The prosecution is expected to call more law enforcement witnesses today who arrived on the scene that morning, and then expected to call in forensics witnesses who combed the scene for evidence in the days following.