Opening statements begin in trial of man accused of killing IU student Hannah Wilson


Daniel Messel outside court on June 17, 2015

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NASHVILLE, Ind. – Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of the man accused of killing Indiana University student Hannah Wilson.

Jury selection wrapped up Monday in Brown County. A jury of eight women and four men will decide the fate of 50-year-old Daniel Messel. The jury also includes three women and a man as alternates.

With the jury in place, opening statements are set to start Tuesday. Witnesses will then testify in the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Messel is accused of killing Wilson, 22, last year. The body of the IU senior was found in a vacant lot outside Bloomington. Investigators said they found Messel’s cell phone next to Wilson’s body and traces of her blood in his SUV.

Messel’s attorney asked for a change of venue because of publicity and the amount of media coverage of Wilson’s death, but a judge ultimately denied that request after bringing in test jurors earlier this year.

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