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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - A venue for Jeffrey Weisheit's trial was selected on Friday.
The Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor's Office said that Weisheit's trial will be held in Clarke County, IN just north of Louisville.
A tentative trial date has been set for April 4.
Defense attorneys for the man accused of setting a house fire that killed two children asked to move his trial out of Vanderburgh County earlier this week.
He was arrested near Cincinnati the following day.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco didn't want to change the venue for Jeffrey Weisheit's trial.
"My thought was there is a pretty good chance if we tried to get a jury here we could not," Levco said. "Let's say we contested it and tried to get a jury here, we'd set it for April fourth but there is no telling if it will really be tried then...This way, we can get a firm date wherever it is set and try it on that day."
The motion filed by Weisheit's defense attorney stated that highly inflammatory charges have been reported about his client by various Vanderburgh County media and that a change in venue is necessary for a fair trial and an impartial jury.
"Personally, I've seen quite a strong reaction to it," Levco said. "I know a number of people that have talked to me about so that besides what the defense wrote. I think there is a lot of interest in this county about it."
Levco says he doesn't mind the change of venue because he thinks the trial will move along quicker if it is moved out of the county.
"We can try to get a jury," Levco said. "It is possible to get a jury, but if we didn't it would just cause all kinds of problems we would have to reset the case, maybe months in advance. All the witnesses that we would have subpoenaed would have to come back again later there schedules would be disrupted."
Although the case may be moved out of southwestern Indiana, Levco will still remain as the prosecuting attorney.
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