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April 10th, 2010, 09:29 PM
Vanderburgh County authorities have issued an arrest warrant charging Jeffrey Weisheit with the murder of two children whose bodies were found today in the rubble of the house where Weisheit and their mother Lisa Lynch lived at 10040 Fisher Road in northern Vanderburgh County.
Weisheit has also been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to the house.
Weisheit is currently in a Cincinnati, Ohio, area hospital where he was taken after he resisted arrest when Boone County, Ky., officers attempted to stop his car for speeding on Interstate 75 near Covington early Saturday morning.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams said that Weisheit had indicated to authorities there that he had set the house on fire knowing the two children, Alyssa, 8, and Caleb, 5, were in the residence at the time.
The sheriff said Lisa Lynch was at work at the time of the fire, which was reported to Central Dispatch at 3:45 a.m.
Firefighters from German Township as well as Scott and McCutchanville responded to the fire.
Firefighters and arson investigators remained on the scene through the day and recovered the bodies of the two children by mid-afternoon. the bodies have been taken to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office for autopsy and positive identification.
Weisheit was arrested when Boone County Sheriff's officers initiated a high-speed pursuit with several Kentucky law enforcement agencies assisting. Officers deployed Stop Sticks to eventually stop his car. When Weisheitt got out of the car, he charged officers with a knife. Kentucky officers subdued him with a Taser. Weisheit was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained when he fell after being stunned by the Taser.
The sheriff said extradition procedures will begin to have Weisheit returned to Vanderburgh County as soon as possible.
Weisheit is also facing charges in Kentucky in connection with his fleeing and resisting arrest.
This mother fucker set the house on fire while knowing 2 innocent children were in it. This happened only a short distance from where I live and has broken my heart. I just don't understand how someone can be such a monster. He resisted and got Tasered by the Kentucky authorities... damn shame they didn't just put a bullet in his head and save us taxpayers in Evansville the expense of a trial! I'll post a picture of this creep soon as I can find one.
April 11th, 2010, 07:17 AM
Death by fire; how utterly hideous. I pray the smoke overtook them in their sleep.
April 11th, 2010, 04:44 PM
I want to know why he did it. Was he watching the kids for their mom, or was there another sitter in place? Where was the children's dad?
April 12th, 2010, 08:57 AM
EVANSVILLE — An Evansville man has been charged with two counts of murder after the bodies of two children were found Saturday in the rubble of the house where he and their mother, Lisa Lynch, lived at 10040 Fischer Road in northern Vanderburgh County.
In addition to the murder charges, Jeffrey Weisheit, 34, also is being charged with a count of arson for allegedly setting fire to the house.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams said when officials responded to the fire at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, they immediately were suspicious because of what they observed upon arrival — the degree to which the building was engulfed in flames and that Weisheit, who should have been at home watching the children, Alyssa, 8, and Caleb, 5, was nowhere to be found.
"Fires are very unique things, and that's why there are people who specialize in the investigation of fires," Williams said. "Everything was just pointing to this as a suspicious fire, and we needed to investigate it as such. All the circumstances coupled together lets you know that something's not right about this."
Williams said it was several hours after the fire was out before investigators were able to go through the debris of the home.
Firefighters and arson investigators remained on the scene and recovered the bodies of the two children by mid-afternoon. The bodies were taken to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office for autopsy and positive identification.
"My heart goes out to the family of these two young people ... who lost their lives needlessly today," Williams said. "This is tough stuff. ... To see those bodies come out like that was just heartbreaking."
Williams said officials contacted Lynch at work, who told them that Weisheit should have been there and what kind of vehicle he was driving.
Officials informed additional law enforcement agencies of the car they were looking for, and shortly after 7 a.m., officials in Kentucky encountered Weisheit.
Boone County, Ky., officers attempted to stop Weisheit's yellow 2010 Camaro for speeding on Interstate 75 near Covington, Ky. He led police on a high-speed pursuit, they said.
Officers deployed stop sticks to stop his car. When Weisheit got out of the car, he charged officers with a knife, they said.
The officers subdued him with a Taser, and Weisheit was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries suffered when he fell after being stunned by the Taser.
He later was taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati. Williams said extradition procedures have begun to have Weisheit returned to Vanderburgh County as soon as possible.
Vanderburgh County deputies were sent to Ohio within 30 minutes of Weisheit's arrest, and they have gotten search warrants for the vehicle, Williams said.
"... It's still a very young investigation," he said. "There was so much circumstantial evidence that availed itself to us along with information that we obtained from people. It was pretty apparent that he was someone that we desperately needed to talk to, and that's why we were looking for him.
"And we found him in Boone County, and when he fled, that pretty much gave us an indication that he knew more than he was just out driving around."
Williams said Weisheit indicated to authorities before asking for an attorney that he had set the house on fire knowing the two children were in the home at the time. A motive has not been determined.
Ky. charges, too
Weisheit also is facing charges in Kentucky in connection with fleeing and resisting arrest. Among them are two counts of attempted murder charges of a police officer in Kenton County, Ky.
Richard Weber, who lives across the street from 10040 Fischer Road, said he was awakened by his dog on Saturday morning, and that's when he saw the blaze across the street.
"It was a pretty big fireball," said Weber, who's lived there for about nine years. "It was just a big fire; you couldn't even distinguish the house. You could feel the heat from my porch. It's so surprising that it happened so close to home."
Its still early in the investigation and this animal is still out of state in a hospital. He's already asked for a lawyer and stopped talking. There's not much our local authorities can do until he's brought back to Evansville to face charges. Please keep good thoughts on this case because our local prosecutor is known for plea bargaining too many cases. He's earned the name Let'em Go Levco. I really want this animal to pay miserably for what he did to these innocent children.
April 12th, 2010, 03:06 PM
OMFG! This just turned even worse! It looks like at least one of the kids was restrained and had flares either under their body or near it! Let's just shoot this fucker and be done. We can sell tickets and let everyone know why its happening. I'll even buy the bullet to save the taxpayers.
no expensive trial/incarceration + revenue from tickets = win/win situation
The Evansville man suspected of setting fire to a northern Vanderburgh County home and killing two children was in court today in Ohio and is being brought back Vanderburgh County to face murder and arson charges.
Jeffrey Weisheit appeared in court in Hamilton County, Ohio, where he waived extradition and is on his way back to Indiana.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco said Weisheit will likely appear in local court on Tuesday.
No formal charged have been filed at time; however, if convicted, the death penalty is an option.
"Obviously this is a potential death penalty case," Levco said. "It's something I'll be considering in the next two to three weeks."
Weisheit was stopped by police in Kenton County, Ky., on Saturday following a chase. He was arrested after he confronted authorities and had to be stopped with a Taser stun gun.
Weisheit was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky., before being transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati.
He still faces two counts of attempted murder on a police officer in Erlanger, Ky.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said if Weisheit receives anything less than the death penalty from the Indiana case he will be brought back to Kentucky to face attempted murder charges there.
The bodies of Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, were found inside the house. An autopy has indicated they died of smoke inhalation, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's office.
One of the children was found in a bedroom with two burned flares found near or under the body, according to the affidavit. Duct tape was also found that "may be evidence that the person had been bound in some fashion with the duct tape," the affidavit says.
Detective Randy Chapman of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office interviewed Weisheit at the hospital. According to the affidavit, said he had planned on leaving the house a week before and that he did not want to take the "kids" with him.
Weisheit consistently stated that he did not remember what happened to the children, according to the affidavit, but when asked if he set the fire "Weisheit indicated that he had in fact set the fire."
Weisheit also indicated that he had not been drinking or taking drugs, the affidavit says. Weisheit then ended the interview by indicating he wanted a lawyer.
Chapman worked with local police to obtain a search warrant for Weisheit's car and a suitcase observed inside it.
Chapman said in the affidavit that duct tape was also observed in the vehicle.
Finally here's a picture of the asshole:
April 26th, 2010, 04:35 PM
Chase Suspect Wanted In Indiana Fatal Fire
COVINGTON, Ky. --
An Indiana homicide suspect is recovering after he was shocked by a police Taser in Covington.
Officers said the incident started at about 7:20 a.m. Saturday on northbound Interstate 75 near the 177 mile marker in Boone County.
Deputies said the man led them on a chase that moved from the interstate to Dixie Highway, and that they used stop sticks twice. The chase ending in Covington, police said.
nvestigators said Jeffrey Weisheitt, 34, of Evansville, Ind., got out of his Chevrolet Camaro, brandished a knife and charged at police.
Commanders said the officers used a Taser on Weisheitt, stopping him in his tracks.
However, medics said Weisheitt was injured when he fell to the ground, and was take to Saint Elizabeth Hospital.
"It shocked me. It was like, wow. My son said, 'What is that?' And I said, 'Honey, this is a police chase,'" the witness said. "You never know what's out there and then when it's brought actually to your home, and right in front of your house, it's like, wow. It's a shame."http://www.wlwt.com/news/23111923/detail.html
Murder Suspect Waives Extradition, Faces New Charges
Ind. Man Accused Of Setting Fire That Killed 2 Children
COVINGTON, Ky. --
An Evansville, Ind., man accused of setting a fire that killed his fiancée's children was in court Monday morning.
Jeffrey Weisheitt, 34, waived extradition and was returned to Indiana to face murder and arson charges in the deaths of 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch and her 5-year-old brother, Caleb Lynch.
Investigators said it appears Weisheitt set the fire at his fiancée's home early Saturday and fled.
He was arrested about three hours later after a police chase across parts of northern Kentucky.http://www.wlwt.com/news/23124340/detail.html
Man Arrested In NKY To Face Death For Indiana Blaze
EVANSVILLE, Ind. --
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a southwestern Indiana man facing murder charges for allegedly setting a fire that killed his fiancee's two children.
The Evansville Courier and Press reported that Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco added a death penalty charge Monday to Jeffrey Weisheit's file.
Weisheit was arrested in Covington the day of the April 10 blaze. Court documents said Weisheit told police that he set the Evansville house on fire knowing that 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch and 5-year-old Caleb Lynch were inside.
Weisheit has pleaded not guilty and continues to be held without bond.http://www.wlwt.com/news/23269038/detail.html
April 29th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Woohooo The prosecutor IS seeking the death penalty for this piece of crap!!!!
EVANSVILLE — Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco will seek the death penalty in the case of a local man accused of killing two children on April 10.
Jeffrey Weisheit, 34, faces two counts of murder and one count of arson resulting in bodily injury. If Weisheit is convicted, the murder charges carry a term of 45 to 65 years in prison, and the arson charge, a class A felony, carries a term of 20 to 50 years in prison.
But on Monday morning, Levco filed the official paperwork to seek the death penalty, which he said he waited to do until he became more familiar with the facts in the case.
Levco said he talked “to the investigators. I talked to both of the parents and just ultimately wanted to think about it for a while, and ultimately decided that it was appropriate to file.”
Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, died in a fire in their home in the early morning hours of April 10. Weisheit is accused of starting the fire. A probable cause affidavit indicates at least one of the children may have been bound with duct tape.
The children’s bodies were found inside their home at 10040 Fischer Road. An autopsy indicated they died of smoke inhalation, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office, indicating they were alive when the fire was set.
Here is a picture of these sweet children!
Rest in peace Alyssa and Caleb! You touched many many lives here in Indiana.. some lives of those you never met. You are gone but will NEVER be forgotten!
April 29th, 2010, 05:20 PM
According to a probable cause affidavit, Weisheit was supposed to watch the children while Lynch was at work from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., and then take them to Lynch’s parents house so he could go to work.
Ah, so he was taking care of the kids.
Detective Randy Chapman of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Weisheit at University Hospital in Cincinnati. According to the affidavit, Weisheit said he had planned to leave the house a week before and that he did not want to take the “kids” with him.
From what I understand, neither of the kids were his to take.
One of the children was found in a bedroom with two burned flares found near or under the body, according to the affidavit, and duct tape was also found that “may be evidence that the person had been bound in some fashion with the duct tape.”
Who wants to bet that it was Alyssa? I don't think that I have to spell out why I think it was Alyssa was bound with duct tape and had flares set off "near or under" her.
April 30th, 2010, 12:14 AM
Awwww: Caleb singing Highschool musical songs Video by Steve Lynch - MySpace Video
There is a memorial page on facebook, too: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110549928976444&v=wall
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Lisa Lynch, the mother of Alyssa and Caleb Lynch, who died in that house fire, talked exclusively with 14 News about her children and the moments leading up to that horrific morning.
Lisa can't help but smile as she talks about her oldest child, Alyssa, 8.
"She had her own way of expressing her love," Lisa said. "She made cards for me or anybody. She was constantly reading. She loved to read her Junie B. books."
But a much different expression emerged as she remembered the man in her life, Caleb, 5.
"Anytime I was sick and I just had a sad moment he'd come up to me and hug me and tell me that he loved me and asked me if I was okay, and sometimes it would make me feel bad because I was supposed to ask him if he was okay," Lisa said.
The two children, the single mother said, were her life.
She provided for them financially, working long hours at a nearby factory, and emotionally, helping them with homework and hugging them whenever she got the chance.
Alyssa and Caleb Lynch
Lady Cygnet; I thought the exact same thing, as soon as I read about the bindings!
April 30th, 2010, 01:11 AM
Guys, please keep good thoughts and prayers for this case. I live in the community where this happened. I drove past where this house was and there was absolutely nothing left of it. The prosecutor Stan Levco has a bad habit of plea bargaining cases. We here in Evansville are watching very very closely on this case. If you remember the Kaleb Lay story that happened here, He allowed a monster who gave birth to Kaleb to plea bargain and she's only going to do maybe 17 years for beating and allowing her 3 yr old child to be beaten to death. If this monster gets a GED in prison, it reduces her sentence, if she does college classes, it reduces it more. If she does drug rehab classes and parenting classes, it goes down further. This bitch will be free before Kaleb would have turned 18 most likely.
Please keep good thoughts that Levco grows a set of balls and follows through on this case. His nickname around Evansville is Let 'Em Go Levo due to his plea bargaining so much. I swear if this asshole gets less than death penalty, I personally will help work the campaign of anyone who runs against him. The one good thing is if Indiana doesn't give him the death penalty, Kentucky is going to extradite him to face the charges relating to the traffic issues that occurred after he fled from the scene of the fire/murders. I want this asshole to die and to suffer as horribly as possible.
October 2nd, 2010, 05:27 PM
The father of two children who died in an alleged arson fire in April has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Child Protective Services and the man accused of killing them.
In the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, Steven Lynch claims he called Child Protective Services to report his children told him they had been abused by Jeffrey Weisheit, their mother's boyfriend. The children, Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, died in a fire on April 11 at their home on Fischer Road in northern Vanderburgh County.
Weisheit is accused of starting the fire, and investigators' probable cause affidavit indicates that at least one of the children, whose bodies were found inside the house, may have been bound with duct tape. An autopsy showed they died of smoke inhalation, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office, indicating they were alive when the fire was set.
Lynch claims in the suit that Child Protective Services did not follow up on his report because "an investigation could not be conducted without photographic proof of the abuse of the children."
"We are going to obtain records from the phone company that will substantiate (Lynch's) contact with CPS," said Joseph Reiswerg, Lynch's attorney.
Ann Houseworth, communication director for Child Protective Services, said she could not comment on the lawsuit, but confirmed "there's an open assessment with regard to (Alyssa's and Caleb's) deaths."
The lawsuit accuses Child Protective Services of negligence.
According to Indiana Code 31-33-8-1, if a child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm, Child Protective Services is required to initiate an on-site assessment within an hour after receiving the report. If the allegations of abuse are not deemed imminent, an investigation is required within 24 hours after a report is filed. According to the lawsuit, "Steven Lynch called child protective services on March 29, 2010, to report the abuse, but no investigation was initiated.
"The State of Indiana Child Protective Services was negligent in that it failed to conduct any investigation of the complaints of Steven Lynch and, in fact, denies receiving reports from Lynch."
The suit also seeks damages from Weisheit.
Weisheit's attorney, Timothy Dodd, said Friday he had not seen the court filing and had no comment on the lawsuit.
According to the suit, "The children were returned home to their natural mother, Lisa Michelle Lynch, after spring break pursuant to the Decree of Dissolution. Upon the children arriving home, Jeffrey Alan Weisheit, tied Caleb Lynch up and duct-taped Caleb's mouth. Alyssa Lynch was locked in a closet. Mr. Weisheit placed flares near Caleb, setting him on fire, with the house becoming fully engulfed in flames thereafter and both Alyssa and Caleb were perished."
Weisheit is facing the death penalty for two counts of murder and arson in connection with the children's deaths.
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They need to just fry this asshat and be done! What he did to these children is unthinkable. My thoughts and prayers to the Father in total success of this lawsuit. This is the same CPS that was involved in sending Kalab Lay to his death at 3 years old.
October 5th, 2010, 12:54 PM
If the dad wins the lawsuit I hope he donates the money. I feel horrible for him, but if you want to make a change, use the money if you win to start a change....
August 10th, 2011, 05:39 AM
EVANSVILLE — Timothy Dodd, an Evansville lawyer well-known as a defense attorney and for his advocacy on behalf of lawyers and judges struggling with addictions and life issues, died Thursday at Deaconess Hospital.
Dodd, 69, was lead defense council in the murder trial of Jeffrey Weisheit, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 16 in Jeffersonville, Ind., where it was relocated after he successfully argued for a change of venue. Weisheit faces the death penalty for the alleged murders of his girlfriend's two children on April 10, 2010 in rural Vanderburgh County.
It was unclear how his death will affect the trial. His co-council, Vanderburgh County chief public defender Stephen Owens, was not available for comment Friday. Under Indiana trial rules, defendants in death penalty cases are required to have two attorneys.
A New Albany, Ind., attorney has agreed to step in as lead defense attorney in the death penalty trial of Jeffrey Weisheit, pending a judge's approval Friday.
Vanderburgh County Chief Public Defender Stephen Owens said Michael McDaniel has agreed to fill the vacancy left by the June 9 death of Weisheit's former lead defense attorney, Timothy Dodd. Owens is serving as second attorney in the case. Owens is traveling to Jeffersonville, Ind., today where Clark County Circuit Judge Daniel Moore will rule on appointing McDaniel.
Moore is presiding over the case which was moved to Clark County because of pretrial publicity in Evansville. Weisheit faces murder and arson charges in the deaths of his girlfriend's two children, Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, on April 10, 2010 in rural Vanderburgh County.
The trial date has been reset several times. It is currently set to begin Nov. 8 and last several weeks but Owens said it is likely that it will be rescheduled to early next year so that McDaniel can catch up on it.
August 10th, 2011, 11:19 PM
I hope this fucker gets comfortable thinking he may walk or get a plea. Then boom, give him the death penalty. Those adorable kids, and the evil way he took their lives is just so heartbreaking.
September 2nd, 2011, 04:43 AM
A hospital-room interview with murder suspect Jeffrey Weisheit will be the subject of a hearing today in Clark County Circuit Court, where he will be tried in February.
Defense attorneys Michael McDaniel and Stephen Owens are seeking to convince Clark Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moore to keep the statement given to Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office detectives from being admitted as evidence.
Charged with murder and arson, Weisheit, 35, may face the death penalty if convicted of killing his girlfriend’s two children, Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, on April 10, 2010, at his home in rural Vanderburgh County.
When interviewed, Weisheit recalled details such as the home’s address, the children’s ages, his dissatisfaction with his job and the circumstances of his arrest but he consistently denied remembering anything to do with the fire or the children’s deaths, according to court records.
“It’s not as significant as a confession but there is some evidentiary value,” said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann.
McDaniel did not return a telephone call seeking comment about today’s hearing.
Weisheit allegedly set fire to the 10040 Fischer Road home with the children inside early on a Saturday morning. German Township firefighters were called to the house around 3:47 a.m.
His car was stopped by deputies from Boone County, Ky., several hours later after a high-speed chase. Weisheit charged officers with a hunting knife and was Tased, according to police.
Sheriff’s detectives spoke to Weisheit at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Florence, Ky., later that day, Hermann said.
He said the 10- to 15-minute statement could imply that Weisheit knew more than he was telling to detectives.
“When the sheriff’s deputies spoke to him, he didn’t give any information about the fire or children. He basically refused to answer. When he is asked about work or something he is clear,” Hermann said.
After being read his rights, Weisheit said he packed his belongings into his car and left the house for good and that he just started driving and drove for hours.
He told detectives he quit his construction job a week before because he was tired of his foreman giving jobs to others, according to court records, and that he had planned to “just leave and disappear.”
When asked if he didn’t remember setting the fire because he didn’t want to remember it, Weisheit answered: “I don’t know, my head hurts real bad and I can’t remember anything.”
The interview ended when Weisheit said he wanted a lawyer.
Medical experts for both sides in the case are expected to testify about Weisheit’s condition as a result of being Tased and hitting his head when he fell.
November 18th, 2011, 01:26 AM
Man Charged With Killing 2 Kids Appears In Court
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- An Evansville, Ind., man accused of killing his two children in a fire appeared in court Thursday.
The case was moved to Jeffersonville because of pre-trial publicity, and is now causing a few challenges for Clark County.
"This was a very high profile case in Evansville, so I think it was proper to move it up here," said defense attorney Michael McDaniel.
Police said on April 10, 2010, 35-year-old Jeffrey Whisheit set fire to this home in Evansville while his two children, 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch and 5-year-old Caleb Lynch, were inside.
Whisheit's fiancée and the mother of the children had left them in his care while she worked, but his car was gone.
In an affidavit, police said they used OnStar to track Whisheit's vehicle to Covington, Ky.
After a high speed chase, they arrested him.
Whishiet told police he didn't remember anything about the children but said he did set the fire.
"First thing I had to do was read about 1,600 pages of material. Once you get all of that digested, you shape the direction in which you'll take the case," McDaniel said.
McDaniel took the case in July. He's made several motions to have evidence like the children's burned clothing excluded and to have the jury first prove the fatal fire was arson before they could consider his client's guilt.
The judge denied both requests.
On Thursday, McDaniel also asked for a continuance after the prosecution brought a list of 270 witnesses.
"When the state filed a witness list of 270 people, it means I have to talk to all those people," McDaniel said.
And that means traveling back and forth for both the prosecution and defense from Jeffersonville to Evansville and back at least three times a week.
"I determined that I don't think I can get this case ready by the trial date in February because there's still so much to do," McDaniel said.
The judge will rule on when the trial will begin in December.
February 6th, 2012, 09:46 AM
The trial for murder suspect Jeffery Weisheit has been pushed back three months after his defense attorney argued he needed more time to prepare.
Weisheit, 35, will now stand trial on May 9, 2012, on charges of murder and arson in the deaths of his girlfriend Lisa Lynch's two children, Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, on April 10, 2010, at the home he shared with her in rural Vanderburgh County. If convicted he may face the death penalty.
He appeared in Clark County Circuit Court in Jeffersonville, Ind., with his attorney Michael McDaniel last month to request the delay. The case was moved there to avoid pretrial publicity.
McDaniel, a Floyd County attorney, took the case in July to replace Evansville attorney Timothy Dodd, who died in June. He asked Clark County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moore to delay the trial so he can have more time to work on the case, citing prosecutors' list of more than 270 witnesses.
While Moore has approved the change in trial date, he denied filed a motion to exclude some evidence, including the children's burned clothes, and one seeking to require the jury first prove the fatal fire was arson before they could consider Weisheit's guilt.
Weisheit is currently being held without bail at the Clark County Jail.
He will appear in court again at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 for a petition to review his bail.
July 9th, 2012, 08:28 PM
EVANSVILLE — The trial for murder suspect Jeffery Weisheit has been pushed back again, this time until Feb. 18, 2013, after a request by his defense attorneys, according to court records.
Weisheit, 36, was to be tried Aug. 6 on charges of murder and arson in the deaths two children, Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, on April 10, 2010, at the home he shared with the children’s mother, Lisa Lynch, in rural Vanderburgh County. If convicted he may face the death penalty.
He is being tried in Clark County Circuit Court in Jeffersonville, Ind., where the case was moved because of pretrial publicity.
Defense attorneys Michael McDaniel and Stephen Owens, asked for the extension in June because they needed more time to prepare mitigation evidence — that is evidence about his character or circumstances that could lead the jury to vote for a lesser sentence.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann filed a motion agreeing because his office would need time to depose — question under oath to prepare for trial — any mitigation experts for the defense and find experts of its own to counter that testimony.
The trial has been delayed several times and the defense motion and May defense motion to delay it again was denied by Clark County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moore because of how long it had been pending. However, he approved the request after Weisheit’s attorneys renewed it last month.
McDaniel, a Floyd County attorney, took the case in July to replace Evansville attorney Timothy Dodd, who died in June 2011. Weisheit is being held without bail at the Clark County Jail.
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