Judge gives venue change update in IU student murder case

Daniel Messel
Daniel Messel (Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge says she’ll wait until jury selection to decide whether to move the trial of a Bloomington man charged with murder in the fatal beating an Indiana University student.

Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart wrote in a ruling Friday that most media coverage of the slaying of 22-year-old Indiana University student Hannah Wilson was outside Brown County, where her body was found April 24 near Lake Lemon, about 10 miles northwest of IU’s Bloomington campus.

The Herald-Times reports Stewart wrote in the ruling that the best way to determine whether jurors in Brown County have been swayed by media coverage is to ask them during jury selection.

No trial date has been set for 49-year-old Daniel Messel. He’s being held at the Brown County Jail without bond.

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