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Council approves additional $100k for murder suspect's defense

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More money has been added to the defense fund of a suspect accused of killing two children.

The Vanderburgh County Council approved $100,000 more for the defense of Jeffrey Weisheit. The trial, which will take place in Clark County, was granted another delay last week. It's now scheduled for June 3rd.

That $100,000 not the full $150,000 that was requested of the council. Still, council members say it's more than they'd like to handing over. 

All in all council has now approved $550,000 for Weisheit's defense. That money goes to his lead counsel, as well as several others working on the case. 

It also covers some travel and lodging expenses for Vanderburgh County's Chief Public Defender Steve Owens, who is assisting on the case.

He explained on Wednesday that the money being requested was needed to pay bills from October, November and December.

With the trial still more than six months away, the bills will likely continue to stack up.

"This seems like this will never end. I mean I think this has been going on over three years, and law's going to have to be changed. We just can't go on. Taxpayers here in Vanderburgh County cannot afford it and somebody's gotta speak out," Vanderburgh County Council Memeber Ed Bassemeier said. 

Owens did point out on Wednesday that the county is reimbursed 50 percent for that funding.

He said the $100,000 would likely get the defense team through the rest of this year and into next.

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