Man accused of killing IU student Hannah Wilson appears in court for pretrial hearing

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Daniel Messel outside court on June 17, 2015

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2015) – The man accused of killing Indiana University student Hannah Wilson appeared in court Tuesday in Brown County.

Daniel Messel and his defense counsel attended a pretrial hearing. Tuesday’s proceedings were mostly procedural in nature. A deadline of March 1 was set for submission of a list of expert witnesses. All other witnesses must be submitted 60 days before the trial begins.

Messel is accused of killing Wilson, a 22-year-old IU senior, earlier this year. Wilson was last seen at Kilroy’s Bar in Bloomington on Thursday, April 23. A day later, a missing persons report was filed. Wilson’s body was discovered in a field in Brown County, and Messel was arrested.

An autopsy showed Wilson died from blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators said they found blood and hair in Messel’s car. His cell phone was found near Wilson’s body.

Earlier this month, Messel’s lawyer asked for more time to prepare the case, and Messel’s trial was pushed back to June 2016. The trial was originally scheduled for February, but his attorney said she needed more time to track down witnesses and review evidence in the case.