Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of killing IU student Hannah Wilson

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Daniel Messel

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. – Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing Indiana University student Hannah Wilson last spring.

Wilson, 22, was found dead in Brown County in April 2015 just weeks before she was set to graduate from IU. Daniel Messel is accused of killing her.

An autopsy revealed that Wilson died from blunt force trauma. Prosecutors said DNA and physical evidence links Messel to the crime. According to court documents, that evidence includes traces of the IU student’s blood in Messel’s vehicle and the discovery of his cell phone next to her body.

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Messel’s attorney questioned whether her client could get a fair trial in Brown County and filed a request for a change of venue that cited high local interest and media coverage of the case. The judge denied that request after bringing in a test jury last month.

Once jury selection is complete, prosecutors are expected to call dozens of witnesses to the stand. The trial is expected to begin Monday.