Man accused of killing IU student due in court

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

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The man accused of killing an Indiana University Bloomington senior, just weeks before her graduation, is set to go before a judge in Brown County Tuesday.

Daniel Messel is accused of killing 22-year-old Hannah Wilson. Wilson’s body was found in Brown County last April.

Messel’s trial is set for June, but he’s expected to be in court Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing.

At this hearing, prosecutors plan to request a closed hearing to discuss witnesses. This isn’t the first time attorneys have requested a closed hearing in this case. Last month, a judge approved the defense team’s request for a closed hearing to discuss hiring investigators. The defense said Messel’s right to a fair trial would be compromised if the public knew why they needed investigators and what those investigators would be looking into.

Both sides of the case have remained relatively tight-lipped since Messel was charged. At this point, prosecutors have not even said how they believe Messel and Wilson were connected. Investigators say Wilson died after being hit in the head multiple times. Police say they found blood and hair on the dashboard of Messel’s car, along with Messel’s cell phone near Wilson’s body.

Earlier this month, Messel’s trial date was pushed back to June of 2016, after the defense team asked for more time to prepare.

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