Judge sets August trial date for man accused of murdering IU student Hannah Wilson

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NASHVILLE, Ind. —Brown County Judge Judith Stewart set an August trial for the man accused of murdering Indiana University student Hannah Wilson.

Daniel Messel is charged with murdering the 22-year-old student from Fishers in April 2015; her body was found about 10-miles northwest of IU’s Bloomington campus in Brown County.

Messel’s trial was originally supposed to start this past February. But a continuance was granted in the case, and it was moved to June 1.

On May 11, Messel’s attorney Dorie Maryan asked the judge for another continuance because she said she needed more time for depositions and to review evidence.

During the hearing, Maryan said she’s had trouble securing experts who can explain the blood stain patterns, and she’s had a hard time understanding the PING data in this case. “It’s more complicated than I thought,” Maryan said referring to the PING data. She also mentioned a test jury might be beneficial and expressed concerns about finding an unbiased jury.

After consideration, Judge Stewart granted a second continuance in the case, and on Friday they set the trial date for August 1.

There will be a test jury on June 1 and a final pretrial conference on July 13. There is also a motion for a change of venue that is under advisement. A hearing to discuss procedures for a test jury will be held on May 16.

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