The capital murder trial of Jeffrey Weisheit is officially underway.
Weisheit allegedly lit his girlfriend's home on fire, killing her two young children inside back in April 2010.
In the opening statements, the state called two witnesses, both of which were Vanderburgh County Sheriff Deputies who were on the scene in the early morning hours of April 10.
Sgt. Clark testified that the initial run was a possible child abduction, but quickly turned into a double homicide case.
Deputy Andrew Norris testified that this fire was the biggest he had ever seen. The heat could be felt at neighboring homes. He called the scene controlled chaos, neighbors claiming that Weisheit's car wasn't in the driveway, but they didn't know if that meant the house was empty.
Deputies say they put out a BOL on Weisheit's yellow Camaro and said no one could reach him on his cell phone. Sgt. Clark testified that he contacted On Star to help locate Weisheit, but On Star was not cooperative at first. After the car was located, the car had already been moving and Boone County Deputies had to be notified.
Deputy Norris and Sgt. Clark were both on scene when the first body was discovered and when Lisa Lynch was told that the body, was that of one of her children.
The state says they trust that the jurors will be able imagine, many of them parents, how it would feel to learn your child is no longer missing, but is dead.
The defense warned the jurors that they would see and hear horrible facts about the deaths of the two kids before telling them that Weisheit was deeply depressed, and admitted that Weisheit duct taped 5-year-old Caleb Lynch while 8-year-old Alyssa Lynch was asleep, giving him time to run.
The Assistant Fire Chief with German Township would testify that the source of the fire burned up and that it is common in fires that burn as long as this one did. He also told jurors they would hear testimony from a pathologist that a road flare was found in the waistband of Caleb's underwear and burned his leg while he was alive.
The mother of the two children, Lisa Lynch, was not inside the home during the time of the fire.
Lynch was on the stand for about 25 minutes before needing a short break. Our reporter in the court room says that she was visibly shaking and sobbing as she recalls the night the tragic event took place. Lisa held her hand on the side of her face during her entire testimony, to avoid eye contact with Weisheit.
Lynch testified that she was working the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift on the night of April 10 and left her children with Weisheit, as she normally did.
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