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June 21, 2013

Jury recommends Weisheit receive death sentence

Jury wrestles with sentencing verdict for more than 5 hours



Emergency officials responded to Weisheit’s home that was fully engulfed with fire in the early morning hours of April 10, 2010.

Weisheit shared his home at the time with his then-girlfriend, Lisa Lynch, and her two children.

Lisa Lynch was working a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift at a plastics plant when she received a call from a neighbor that her home was ablaze, and Weisheit’s Chevrolet Camaro was not at the property.

Lynch testified during the trial that she had made multiple attempts to reach Weisheit, but her calls and text were never answered.

An OnStar employee later made contact with Weisheit in his OnStar-equipped vehicle, but he declined to take the call from the growingly worried mother.

Through the assistance of OnStar, law enforcement was able to track his Camaro, and he was taken into custody in Covington, Ky., after a vehicle pursuit that exceeded speeds of 100 mph.

Weisheit has remained in jail since his initial arrest.

As the early morning became day, first responders at the fire scene pulled the children’s charred remains from the burnt wreckage that had been Weisheit’s home.

Through the testimonies of those who conducted the children’s autopsies and the processes to confirm their identity through dental records, it was determined Caleb Lynch had his arms bound by duct tape and his mouth had been stuffed with a 12-inch-by-12-inch dish cloth and covered with duct tape before the fire took his and his sister’s lives.

While Alyssa Lynch was not found to have been bound like her younger brother, forensic experts testified that she was burnt so badly in the fire that her lips had to be removed to reveal her teeth to confirm her identification.

During his testimony, which his attorney suggested he not provide, Weisheit told the jurors he had used duct tape to bound the boy, but said he did not set fire to the home, nor was there any fire at the home when he left the residence.

Weisheit continued from the witness stand that he didn’t think the fire was intentionally set by anyone, but had started due to his own faulty electrical work.

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