Judge may decide to delay trial in IU student’s death

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP): A judge may decide this week whether to delay the trial of a Bloomington man accused of killing an Indiana University student.

The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart will meet Wednesday with lawyers on the case Wednesday. Fifty-year-old Daniel Messel is charged with murder in the April 2015 beating death of 22-year-old student Hannah Wilson of Fishers. Her body was found about 10 miles northwest of IU’s Bloomington campus.

Stewart has taken under advisement a request by defense attorney Dorie Maryan to postpone the scheduled June 1 start of Messel’s trial. Maryan says she needs more time to take depositions, and new evidence from prosecutors requires more time for review and analysis.

Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams opposes a delay. He says Wilson’s family needs closure.


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