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No charges for jailer who admitted to affair

By DAVID HOTLE | Jul 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar said Thursday that he told jailer Jason Tinnes they would have a talk as soon as the Seth Techel court hearing concluded.

However, Dunbar added that no charges against Tinnes are planned.

During the third trial of Techel, accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife and Washington County jailer Lisa Techel and their unborn child, Dunbar took the stand Tuesday. He said the attorneys had asked him about contact with an investigator from Wapello County during the investigation. According to the Associated Press, Tinnes admitted on the stand he had an affair with Lisa Techel. Seth Techel’s lawyers said investigators failed to turn over evidence of the affair and had not considered Tinnes as a suspect. Tinnes’ wife testified that he was at home with her at the time Lisa Techel was killed.

“I told Jason that we would not discuss it right now, until the court proceedings are over,” Dunbar said. “After they are over, we are going to have a talk.”

Dunbar said he does not believe Tinnes will be charged with lying to an investigator. In court, Tinnes said Washington County investigator Chad Ellis questioned him and he did not admit to the affair during questioning. Dunbar said he didn’t know if Tinnes lied or not, saying “it depends on how the question was asked.” He said this was one of the issues they had to talk about.

Seth Techel was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Lisa Techel by a jury in Davenport Thursday. The trial was the third for Seth Techel, whose two previous trials had ended in hung juries.

Before learning of the verdict, Dunbar said he believed Seth Techel was guilty of Lisa Techel’s death.

“I am hoping for some closure for the family,” he said.

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