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Judge Declares 2nd Mistrial in IA Murder Case
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has declared a second mistrial for a former Iowa jail guard accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife.
The Des Moines Register reports Judge Daniel Wilson granted the mistrial Friday after a Henry County jury deadlocked in the trial of Seth Techel. Jurors told the judge that further deliberations wouldn't lead to a verdict, and the defense motioned for a mistrial.
Techel's first trial ended in a mistrial in March after another jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Techel is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2012 death of his wife, Lisa Techel.
Prosecutors argued Seth Techel killed his wife to be with another woman. Defense attorneys focused attention on whether a former neighbor, who's now deceased, was a better suspect.
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