Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


November 6, 2013

Techel denies murder



“I told you my story,” he said.

“That's not true,” Thomas replied.

“Yes, it is,” Techel shot back.

Thomas said Techel's earlier statement didn't match the evidence. He wasn't up front about the relationship with McFarland. He spun stories about his neighbor. The “facts don't change,” he said, but Techel's story didn't add up.

Techel ended the questioning by walking out after repeatedly denying the murder.

Thomas returned to the stand following the video. Defense attorney Steven Gardner said Thomas was the one being misleading, not Techel. He asked about the gunshot residue test Thomas suggested during the interview but did not administer, attacking Thomas' lack of training in the test.

“You don't even know what laboratory they recommend those kits be sent to,” Gardner said.

Thomas conceded he was not specifically trained in the tests or how samples were tested.

Gardner stayed focused on what physical evidence investigators collected. He asked whether anyone had inventoried what Techel was wearing. He asked if skin or fingernail samples were taken. The answer was no.

“Any other physical evidence that I don't know about?” Gardner asked.

Thomas said there was not.

Were there any other witnesses telling different accounts of the murder, as Thomas suggested? No, Thomas said.


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