The first-degree murder trial of Jacob Seelinger, 18, Decorah, is scheduled to start 9:30 a.m. Monday in Winneshiek County District Court.

Seelinger and Dalton Adam, 19, Decorah, are both charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of David Hansen, 46, Decorah.

Adam’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Hansen died Aug. 31 from injuries suffered in what the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office described as a “brutal attack.”

A hearing on a motion filed by Seelinger’s attorney, James Metcalf of Waterloo, asking the court to prohibit statements made by Adam and any other information which relates to Adam, is scheduled for Monday before the start of the trial.


July 12 attack

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Calista Seelinger that Adam and Seelinger were assaulting Hansen at Hansen’s residence on Old Stage Road at about 11:30 p.m. July 12, 2018. Both Seelinger and Adam fled from the scene.

When deputies and medics arrived at the residence, Hansen’s face was bloody and swollen, according to court records. Hansen was taken to Winneshiek Medical Center then airlifted to Gundersen.

Seelinger was later taken into custody and eventually was taken to a juvenile detention facility. Adam became the subject of a manhunt and ultimately was arrested on a warrant for felony willful injury in Crawford County, Wis., the next day. Both Adam and Seelinger are being held in the Winneshiek County Jail.

Adam also was charged with willful injury causing serious injury for a separate incident the night of July 12. Before the attack on Hansen, Adam was involved in an incident at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, according to Decorah Police. According to court records, Adam put his arm around a Decorah man’s neck at about 10:40 p.m., causing the man to lose consciousness and fall to the ground. The man received medical treatment.