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Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Convicted Arsonist and Murderer


Jeffrey Weisheit (file photo)

A jury has recommended the death penalty against a convicted arsonist and murderer.


After five hours of deliberations, the jury unanimously recommended that Clark County Circuit Judge Dan Moore impose the death penalty against Jeffrey Weisheit.  Weisheit was convicted Tuesday of setting fire to his girlfriend's Evansville home in April 2010, killing her two children.  

Weisheit had plead not guilty to all charges.  The jury found that all aggravating circumstances made by the State outweighed any mitigating circumstances from Weisheit and his attorneys.

Judge Moore set a sentencing hearing for July 11.  At that hearing, he will hear victim impact statements from Weisheit's family and friends, any comments or evidence from either side and will review a pre-sentencing investigation prepared by his probation staff.

If the judge does impose the death penalty, he will set an execution date at that hearing.

» Weisheit Found Guilty, Now Faces Death Penalty (6-20-13)
» Closing Arguments Expected in Capital Murder Trial (6-18-13)
» Mistrial Denied in Capital Murder Case (6-15-13)
» State Rests in Evansville Death Penalty Case (6-14-13)


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