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Trial date set for Weisheit

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A lead defense counsel was appointed and a trial date set for the man accused of setting a fire that killed his fiancee's two children earlier this month.

The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office is seeking the death penalty against 34-year-old Jeffrey Weisheit. 

An April 4, 2011 trial date was set Tuesday morning in Vanderburgh County Court.

Timothy Dodd was appointed lead counsel for Weisheit.  Dodd is requesting that prosecutors turn over all documents, evidence and interviews so he can begin building a death penalty defense. 

Dodd also tell 14 News he's requested the court provide him with a fact investigator, mitigation specialist, and a paralegal to prepare a defense, all of whom he says a defendant is entitled to under law. 

Dodd says it will be timely and costly case to try and that's why he adds it's essential for someone who has experience to be appointed.

Weisheit was arrested in Covington, Kentucky hours after the fire that killed 5-year-old Caleb and 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch.

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