Mistrial Denied in Capital Murder Case
Jeffrey Weisheit (file photo)
A judge has denied a motion for mistrial in the capital murder trial of an Evansville man.
Defense attorneys made the motion Thursday in the case of Jeffrey Weisheit who is accused of setting fire to his girlfriend's home in April 2010, killing her two children. The motion was made after a note from a relative of one of the jurors was found in the jury room on June 12 and the defense claimed it had impacted process of the trial.
Clark County Circuit Judge Dan Moore initially denied the motion Thursday but allowed attorneys to re-argue their case before the trial resumed Friday. Judge Moore also interviewed each of the jurors and concluded that some of them didn't see the note and it didn't affect any of them. The juror who brought the note was replaced by an alternate on Thursday.
Weisheit has plead not guilty to arson and murder charges. He faces the death penalty if convicted. The trial resumes Monday and final arguments could begin Tuesday afternoon.
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