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Hearing Rescheduled In Convicted Murderer's Sexual Assault Case
Updated August 16, 2017 7:15 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - A Monroe Circuit Court hearing in a sexual assault case against convicted murder Daniel Messel was rescheduled.

Messel was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but his defense team requested the pretrial conference be rescheduled. It is now set for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Messel was charged last year with rape, criminal confinement, criminal deviate conduct, battery, and theft of the woman's shoes, clutch purse and cellphone, after abducting a 22-year-old IU Law student.

The woman was attacked near Griffy Lake by Messel who offered her a ride home.

There were no arrests made in her case until a woman read about Messel being convicted of the death of 22-year-old Indiana University student Hannah Wilson. Messel was found guilty by a jury in August 2016.

Wilson's body was found on April 24, 2015 in a parking lot face down at State Road 45 and Plum Creek Road near Helmsburg. Wilson had been reported missing the day before. Messell's cell phone was found next to her body. She died of blunt force trauma to the head. Wilson's DNA was found on Messel's clothes and in his vehicle.

Messel is currently serving an 80 year prison sentence for the murder of Wilson. After his murder conviction, Messel's DNA was entered into a database when he was convicted, police say it matched DNA taken from beneath the fingernails of the female who was abducted and sexually assaulted in September 2012.

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