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July 11, 2013

Convicted murderer gets death sentence in Clark County

Court rules for 2014 lethal injection for Jeffrey Weisheit

JEFFERSONVILLE —

Lisa Lynch fought back tears as she described in a Clark County court the children a convicted murder took from her.

“No one can understand the pain I feel every single second of every single day,” Lynch said of the loss of 5-year-old Caleb and 8-year-old Alyssa through the actions of her then-boyfriend. “My life feels so empty without them and will never be the same.”

The man a Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 found responsible for the deaths — Jeffrey Alan Weisheit, 37, of Evansville — learned Thursday he is scheduled to die by lethal injection June 19, 2014. The ruling came after Weisheit was convicted by a jury of double murder and felony arson for burning his own home in 2010 while the children were inside.

“They will never have the chance to fall in love or to get married,” Lynch sadly said to the court. 

Lynch read from a letter about how her daughter had once been so excited to make a new best friend with another little girl and the two would draw pictures for each other and whisper secrets. She said her son was sometimes rambunctious like most little boys, but he was also sweet and compassionate. She said Caleb Lynch, 5, had a a love of police, fire and ambulance vehicles when he saw them racing down a street with their lights and sirens.

Following Lynch’s statements, Judge Daniel Moore called Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden, who was seated in the court’s gallery area, to approach the court and serve Weisheit a death warrant. Standing several feet in front of Weisheit, Rodden informed him that he is to be executed next year.

Rodden then handed the convicted man the piece of paper from which he read.

 

BRAVE STATEMENT

Vanderburgh County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Gary Schutte said after the hearing that is very likely the execution date will be modified to a later date as an appeals process will begin. Schutte said the prosecution was proud of Lynch for begin able to eloquently provide a statement to the court during the sentencing hearing. 

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