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October 31, 2013

Testimony begins in Techel retrial


Wonderlin said he called for backup after being told by dispatch that the case involved a possible gunshot victim. He said indications of firearms use change how deputies approach situations. Any time someone is shot, law enforcement must act as if the person who did the shooting may remain in the area.

Wonderlin's testimony became a flashpoint between prosecution and defense attorneys when Gardner questioned Wonderlin about whether the recordings of his conversations were complete rather than “selected portions.” Prosecutors countered that the recordings were not selectively culled.

“If Mr. Gardner wants to offer portions of the video, that's fine. But these are the statements of Seth Techel in their entirety,” Brown said.

The sparring ended when the judge allowed prosecutors to play the recording of Techel talking to Wonderlin and ask questions of Wonderlin between segments.

The calls are a touchy area for the defense. The third recording was not brought to the defense's attention until this past spring, well after the murder.


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