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Judge To Consider Change Of Venue In Messel Rape Case

Daniel Messel (left) leaves the Brown County Courthouse in restraints after the second day of his trial in the murder of IU student Hannah Wilson.

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Daniel Messel (left) leaves the Brown County Courthouse in restraints after the second day of his trial in the murder of IU student Hannah Wilson.

A Monroe County judge will consider granting a change of venue for Daniel Messel’s trial for an alleged rape in Bloomington unrelated to his conviction in the murder of Indiana University student Hannah Wilson in 2015.

Judge Marc Kellams set a Jan. 5 hearing to consider the defense’s request for change of venue.

During the Wilson murder trial in August 2016, a woman contacted police after reading an account of a victim’s testimony, saying she believed Messel was the man who attacked and raped her in 2012.

Indiana University Police used DNA evidence collected at the time of the attack and compared it to Messel’s DNA profile, finding it a match with one in 1.7 million odds. Last October, police officially charged Messel with rape, battery resulting in bodily injury and criminal confinement.

Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams has granted delays for several pretrial conferences on the request of Messel’s public defender Patrick Schrems.

At a pretrial conference Tuesday, Messel appeared via video conference from the maximum-security Wabash Correctional Facility. Kellams granted a request to transport Messel to Bloomington for the change of venue hearing.

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