Jacob Seelinger took the stand during his murder trial in July. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)
Jacob Seelinger took the stand during his murder trial in July. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)
Jacob Seelinger’s sentencing hearing for second-degree murder is 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Winneshiek County Courthouse.
Seelinger, 18, Decorah, and Dalton Adam, 19, Decorah, both were charged with first-degree murder in connection with David Hansen’s death last summer.
A Winneshiek County jury found Seelinger guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder July 11.
The men were accused of beating Hansen July 12, 2018, at Hansen’s Decorah home. Hansen was knocked unconscious during the attack and never regained consciousness. He died from his injuries Aug. 31.

Change of venue
Adam’s trial was scheduled for Oct. 28 in Winneshiek County District Court.
However, Adam’s attorney, Andrew Thalacker of Waterloo, has requested a change of venue for his client. The state is not resisting a change of venue, but has requested the trial be moved to an adjacent county, such as Allamakee, Chickasaw or Fayette County.
“A fair and impartial jury could be selected within any of these adjoining counties,” Winneshiek County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten stated in a response to the defense motion.
“The victim’s family, defendant’s family, witnesses and law enforcement officers would avoid unnecessary expense by having reasonable access to an adjoining county,” he said.
In his motion requesting a venue change, Thalacker claimed there were “inflammatory media releases by law enforcement” regarding his client.
The attorney said numerous area media outlets have reported on the case and continue to do so. Thalacker said Adam’s alleged role in Hansen’s death was covered “extensively” by various media during Seelinger’s trial.
“The public has expressed significant interest and opinions on social media,” regarding the case, Thalacker said in his motion.
“The defendant cannot get a fair trial in Winneshiek County,” Thalacker stated.
Thalacker also has filed a notice that Adam may rely on the legal defense at trial of “self-defense or defense of others.”