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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court decides one today

In Jeffrey A. Weisheit v. State of Indiana, a 26-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice David writes:

Jeffrey Weisheit was convicted of murdering eight-year-old Alyssa Lynch and five-year-old Caleb Lynch and of arson resulting in serious bodily injury. In accordance with the jury’s recommendation, the trial court sentenced him to death. On direct appeal, he claims that the trial court erred in excluding a prison administration expert from testifying that he could be safely housed in prison for the remainder of his natural life, and he raises issues related to the sufficiency of the evidence underlying his convictions, the denial of for-cause challenges during jury selection, an unauthorized communication with the jury, the suppression of statements he made to police, his death sentence, and the consideration of mitigating circumstances. After careful review, we affirm Weisheit’s convictions and sentence.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 18, 2015 12:53 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions