Defense attorney: Police took 1st suspect in student's death

August 2, 2016

The attorney for a Bloomington man charged with killing an Indiana University student says her client is the innocent victim of an incomplete police investigation.

Defense attorney Dorie Maryan said in her opening statement Tuesday at the murder trial of 50-year-old Daniel Messel that investigators quickly arrested their first suspect and ignored other possible suspects.

Messel is charged in the April 2015 killing of Hannah Wilson. The 22-year-old suburban Indianapolis woman's beaten body was found in a vacant lot about 10 miles northwest of IU's Bloomington campus.

Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams said evidence pointed toward Messel's guilt: The defendant's cellphone was found near Wilson's body, her blood was found in his car, and Messel was carrying a bag of his clothes spotted with Wilson's blood when he was arrested.


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