Judge grants $3,000 to Daniel Messel’s defense team for investigator in Hannah Wilson murder case


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BROWN COUNTY, Ind. ( May 20, 2015) – The lawyer for the man accused of killing Hannah Wilson was granted $3,000 to pay an investigator to help gather information in the murder case against her client.

Daniel Messel was in court Wednesday morning as his lawyer sought funds to hire an investigator. According to the Herald Times, Messel’s public defender, Dorie Maryan, 49, of Bargersville, wanted the court to approve $10,000 for an investigator in his case.

The Herald Times reports that the prosecution thought $10,000 was excessive, considering the county’s limited funds. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Judith A. Stewart granted the defense $3,000, and she said if need be they can petition the court for more later.

According to the Herald Times, Messel was not in the actual courtroom, but he appeared via a video stream from the Brown County jail.

Messel is accused of murdering Indiana University student Hannah Wilson last month. Wilson’s body was discovered by a passerby in Brown County on Friday, April 24. An autopsy determined Wilson died of several blows to the back of the head and may have suffered some defensive wounds to her hands.

 Investigators found Daniel Messel’s cell phone at the scene, and he was arrested a short time later.

The next hearing in the case is set for July 22.

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