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Man accused of murdering children back in Tri-State

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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - The suspect accused of setting a fire that killed his fiancee's children is back in Vanderburgh County.

Jeffrey Weisheit, 34, waived extradition in an Ohio courtroom Monday morning, and was booked into the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center shortly after 7:00 p.m.

Weisheit will initially be placed on suicide precautions, according to deputies, and will make his initial court appearance in Vanderburgh County on Tuesday.

Weisheit's facing murder and arson charges in the deaths of Alyssa Lynch, 8, and Caleb Lynch, 5, in their Vanderburgh County home this weekend.

Weisheit was arrested Saturday after a police chase across parts of northern Kentucky.

The chase ended when Weisheit got out of the vehicle, threatened officers with a knife and was shocked with a stun gun and taken to the hospital, according to police.

He is now facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

Along with Weisheit's return to Evansville, 14 News is learning more about the horrific crime he's accused of committing.

A four page affidavit released by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office includes words like duct tape, flares, and a confession detectives say 34-year-old Jeffery Weisheit made to them, admitting to lighting the Fischer Road home on fire.

Sunday, Lisa Lynch and hundreds of family members, friends, and strangers gathered by candlelight to pay their respects and honor her two children, Caleb and Alyssa, who were taken from her in an early Saturday morning fire.

According to an affidavit given to 14 News by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Lisa Lynch's fiancee, Jeffrey Weisheit, was supposed to be at home watching the children, but when authorities arrived at the fire, Weisheit was nowhere to be found.

The affidavit said his yellow sports car was located in Boone County, Kentucky with the help of OnStar.

A pursuit ensued, and eventually Weisheit abandoned his vehicle, charging toward police with a knife.

An officer used a stun gun on Weisheit and he was taken to a local hospital.

Detective Randy Chapman said Weisheit admitted to lighting his home on fire.

He also stated he had been planning to leave town for a week, and didn't want to take the children.

When asked if he harmed the children, he said he didn't remember.

Authorities said duct tape found next to the children's bodies may show that the kids had been bound.

They also said flares were found at the scene.

Lisa Lynch and her family have set up a memorial fund for the two children at Old National Bank.

The name on the account is Benefit to Alyssa and Caleb Lynch.

All proceeds will be donated to Cynthia Heights Elementary School, Salem Preschool, and Holly's House.

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