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Daniel Messel Gets Protective Order Against Another Inmate
Updated May 6, 2016 5:56 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(NASHVILLE) - Daniel Messel, who is charged with the murder of an Indiana University student, has written a letter to Brown County Circuit Court Judge Judith Stewart, claiming he is being treated unfairly by the court, police and press.

The Brown County Democrat reports that on March 15, Messel wrote that letters from another inmate that link him to the disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer and the murder of IU student Jill Behrman are "ridiculous."

New Castle Correctional Facility inmate David Hayden has been writing letters to Brown Circuit Court, claiming he met Messel in a bar in Terre Haute and that the two served time together in the same prison.

Messel denies the claim.

Hayden also claims that he knew all three IU students.

A letter from Hayden, including photos, was received by the court on March 18, but was struck from the record for being "scandalous" and "impertinent."

A protective order was filed and distributed April 13 against Hayden on behalf of Messel.

Messel is charged in the death of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson.

Messel, a print shop worker from Bloomington, was arrested after police found his cell phone near Wilson's body. Police found Messel at his home on Ison Road, where they say they found him with bloody clothes in a garbage bag and blood in his car.

Wilson's body was discovered a day after she was reported missing. On April 24 a motorist discovered Wilson's body face-down in a vacant lot at State Road 45 and Plum Creek Road in Brown County.

An autopsy determined that Wilson had died from blunt force injuries to the back of her head.

Messel also mentioned coverage in the Bloomington newspaper about the Wilson case as having an "agenda" and drawing connections to other murders at "any chance they get."

Messel's attorney had asked the court for a change of venue, but it was denied.

His jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. June 1 in Brown Circuit Court.

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