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Arson killing of children draws death sentence

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – A southern Indiana judge has sentenced a man to death for his conviction in a 2010 house fire that killed his fiancee’s two children.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1adWciG) that Clark County Circuit Judge Daniel Moore sentenced 37-year-old Jeffrey Weisheit on Thursday, following the sentence unanimously recommended by a jury last month.

Weisheit was found guilty of murder and arson in the April 2010 deaths of 5-year-old Caleb Lynch and 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch.

Prosecutors cited the number of victims and their ages as aggravating factors warranting a death sentence. Defense attorneys called two doctors as expert witnesses to testify that Weisheit suffers from bipolar disorder.

The trial was moved to Jeffersonville, about 100 miles west, of Evansville, because of media coverage.

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