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Daniel Messel's Trial Delayed Until June

The trial of the man accused of murdering an Indiana University student will not begin until June.

Daniel Messel's trial was delayed again after his attorney argued there was too much evidence to review and too many witnesses to find before the trial's start in February.

Messel is charged with the murder of 22-year-old IU student Hannah Wilson, whose body was found in Brown County after she went missing in April. Police found Messel's cell phone near Wilson's body.

As the Herald Times reports, the prosecution did not oppose delaying the trial.

...he had one request from the 22-year-old victim's parents: that the trial not be held in April, the month in which the student from Fishers was born and in which she died. "It's too emotional for the family," he said.

During a court hearing Wednesday afternoon, Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart said she would honor the request. "The motion has to be granted, but it does create some problems," she said.

After consulting their calendars, she, Adams and defense attorney Dorie Maryan agreed the trial, expected to last three weeks, will begin on Wednesday, June 1. Stewart anticipates calling in 150 potential jurors; twelve, plus two alternates, will be selected.

"We will have individual voir dire (jury questioning) to determine what they have seen and heard and whether they can set that aside and not consider it," Stewart said.

Maryan said tracking down witnesses and arranging depositions is taking more time than she anticipated. "A lot of them are or were students, and many have rescheduled," she said.



The trial is expected to last three weeks. Jury selection will begin June 1.

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