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Trial for man accused of killing girlfriends children begins Monday

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The capital murder trial of the Vanderburgh County man accused of killing his girlfriend's two children begins on Monday.

Jeffrey Weisheit's Clark County trial is expected to last three to five weeks, and on Friday, investigators are putting the finishing touches on their case.

It was back in April 2010 when Jeffrey Weisheit allegedly lit his girlfriend's home on fire, killing her two young children inside. Investigators say they're ready for this trial to finally get underway.

"In a death penalty case, everything is under a microscope, but because there's always potential issues of appeal," says Lt. Doug Daza.

After three longs years, jury selection is set to begin Monday in Clark County in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Weisheit.

"It's been long," says Daza. "There have been a lot of court cases set, and then reset."

Lt. Doug Daza with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says those delays have left the victim's family in limbo and made this case expensive: more than $500,000 of taxpayer money going to Weisheit's defense.

"I think it's a lot to ask the taxpayers to continue to support the defense for this murder case," says Ed Bassemier.

Alyssa and Caleb Lynch were just eight and five-years-old when that fire took their lives. Lt. Daza is hoping years of hard work will help bring a conviction.

"There's always a lot of stuff to do. They're working on it today. They'll be working on it throughout the weekend," says Lt. Daza. "You have two young children that were murdered in such a fashion. It's something that would cause anybody some grief."

The trial is set to begin Monday morning in Clark County. Click here for more about the trial.

We will bring you the latest developments in the trial on air and on our website.

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