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Trial begins for alleged child-killer, arsonist

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Jeffrey Weisheit being escorted to court on June 3, 2013. Jeffrey Weisheit being escorted to court on June 3, 2013.
Caleb and Alyssa Lynch (Source: Family photo) Caleb and Alyssa Lynch (Source: Family photo)
Photo of the April 10, 2012 fire (Source: German Township Fire Department) Photo of the April 10, 2012 fire (Source: German Township Fire Department)
Gary Schutte Gary Schutte
Mike McDaniel Mike McDaniel

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The death penalty trial of a southwestern Indiana man accused of arson and two counts of murder began Monday in Jeffersonville after being moved because of publicity.  

Jeffrey Weisheit, 37, is accused of intentionally starting the fire that took the lives of Alyssa Lynch, age 8, and Caleb Lynch, age 5, in Evansville. Authorities said Weisheit was babysitting early on the morning of April 10, 2010 while their mother, his fiancee, was at work.  

According to Raycom News Network station WFIE in Evansville, Weisheit was located in Boone County, Kentucky through the OnStar system in his car. Weisheit was arrested after a police chase across parts of northern Kentucky that ended when he got out of the vehicle, threatened officers with a knife and was shocked with a stun gun. 

Jury selection began Monday with 225 Clark County citizens called as potential jurors. Prosecutors said jury selection could take all week. Potential jurors will be asked if they have the ability to look at Weisheit's case objectively and do they have partiality for or against the death penalty.  

"Everybody is entitled to someone who will apply the law in an unbiased perspective," said Vandenburgh County Deputy Prosecutor Gary Schutte, "that's what we want." 

Mike McDaniel, one of Weisheit's defense attorney, said his client suffers from bipolar disorder and has suffered from personality disorders.  

The trial could last anywhere between three to five weeks.

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