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Jury convicts Iowa man of killing pregnant wife in 2012 after 3rd trial in the case

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This undated image released by the Techel family via the Iowa attorney general's office shows Lisa Techel. A defense for Seth Techel, charged with killing his pregnant wife Lisa Techel, asked jurors Wednesday, July 23, 2014, during his closing arguments to consider Techel's sobbing 911 calls he made as proof that he's not guilty. Prosecutors claim the Iowa man killed her so that he could be with another woman whom he had zealously pursued for months. Techel, 23, is on trial for a third time after two previous trials ended with hung juries. (AP Photo/Techel family via Iowa attorney general's office) (The Associated Press)

A jury has convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife after the third trial in the case.

Jurors agreed Thursday that Seth Techel was guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy. The 23-year-old who once hoped to become a police officer faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors argued that Seth Techel killed 23-year-old Lisa Techel on May 26, 2012, in their trailer in Agency, Iowa. Lisa Techel, a county jail employee and reserve sheriff's deputy, was 17 weeks pregnant with their first child. Techel told police he was in the shower when an unknown intruder killed his wife.

Jurors at two previous trials had been unable to agree on whether Techel was guilty.

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