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Indiana man likely to draw death sentence from judge today

JEFFERSONVILLE – A judge is expected to sentence to death a southwestern Indiana man convicted of killing his fiancee’s two children by setting their house on fire.

Jeffrey Weisheit, 37, is scheduled to be sentenced on charges of murder and arson Thursday in a courtroom in Jeffersonville.

The same jurors who found Weisheit guilty last month unanimously recommended that he be executed. The judge is bound by the jury’s recommendation if it is unanimous.

Weisheit was convicted in the April 10, 2010, deaths of 5-year-old Caleb Lynch and 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch. The case was moved to Clark County because of extensive media coverage in the Evansville area, where the crime occurred.

The Indiana Department of Correction says that 12 prison inmates in Indiana currently face the death penalty.