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Jury starts deliberations in trial over IU student's death

August 10, 2016

Jurors have started deliberations in the trial of a man accused of killing an Indiana University student last year.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented closing arguments Wednesday morning in the case against 51-year-old Daniel Messel. He faces murder charges in the death of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson of Fishers. Her beaten body was found in April 2015 in a vacant lot about 10 miles from the Bloomington campus.

Prosecutors told the Brown County jury that Wilson's blood was on Messel's car and clothes and his cellphone was found under her body. The defense maintains Messel didn't commit the attack and that police didn't fully investigate the case.

If convicted of murder, Messel could face up to 65 years in prison.

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