Change of venue requested

Daniel Messel’s defense attorney wants to move his murder trial out of Brown County.

Messel is charged with murdering 22-year-old Indiana University student Hannah Wilson, whose body was found in northern Brown County on April 24.

Attorney Dorie Maryan filed a motion May 22 for a change of venue. Further information on the request or when the court might consider it was not available as of press time.

Separately, Maryan was granted $3,000 for an investigator during a court hearing May 20. She had initially requested between $5,000 and $10,000, but Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams requested to cap the amount due to the “limited nature of county funds.”

Public defender investigators review all of the evidence from the case and interview witnesses on behalf of the defense team and the county foots the bill.

Judge Judith A. Stewart said Maryan could request more than $3,000 if necessary to complete the investigation.

Local attorney Andy Szakaly was first appointed to represent Messel, but Maryan was substituted April 29.

Stewart asked Maryan if she believed the preliminary jury trial date of July 22 would still work. Maryan said she would most likely be requesting a continuance, and Adams said he had no problem with that.

After the hearing, Adams said he does not see the case heading to trial this year.

Messel did not attend the May 20 hearing but appeared in Brown Circuit Court through videoconference.

If convicted of murder, he could face a 45- to 65-year sentence.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.