Death penalty recommended for man convicted of killing children in fire

Jeffrey Weisheit (Source: File photo)
Jeffrey Weisheit (Source: File photo)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – A Clark County jury recommended the death sentence Friday for a southwestern Indiana man convicted of killing his fiancee's two young children by setting their house on fire.

Jeffrey Weisheit, 37, was found guilty Tuesday of murder and arson for the April 2010 deaths of Caleb Lynch, 5, and Alyssa Lynch, 8, at the Vanderburgh County home Weisheit shared with the children's mother, Lisa Lynch.

Prosecutors cited the number of victims and their ages as factors warranting the death sentence. Two doctors testified that Weisheit suffers from bipolar disorder.

The trial was moved from Evansville to Jeffersonville because of intense media coverage in the area where the children died.

Judge Daniel Moore set a sentencing date of July 11 at 10 a.m.

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