NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A jury has convicted a man of murder in the slaying of an Indiana University student.
The jury returned the verdict Wednesday against 51-year-old Daniel Messel of Bloomington in the beating death of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson of Fishers about five hours after beginning deliberations.
Messel looked down as the judge polled the jury, each member of which responded that he or she had voted “guilty.”
The jury also convicted Messel of being a habitual criminal, which could add six to 20 years to his possible 45- to 65-year sentence for the murder conviction.
He’s due to be sentenced Sept. 22.
Wilson’s body was found in April 2015 in a vacant lot about 10 miles from the Bloomington campus. Messel’s cellphone was found under the body.