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Weisheit death sentence hearing set for Thursday morning

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The sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Jeffrey Weisheit will be held tomorrow.

Weisheit was found guilty last month of setting fire to his girlfriend's home, killing her two young children inside back in April 2010. In addition to the two murder convictions, Weisheit was also convicted of Arson.

It was silent a courtroom on June 21, when the judge read the jury's sentencing recommendation: death penalty.

Weisheit's mother broke down into tears, the Defense slumped over when they heard the sentence.

Weisheit had a smirk on his face as he was taken out of the courtroom, but he was otherwise emotionless. His family held one another in tears inside the courtroom as he was taken out. They slowly filed out and into the elevator as well.

It took the jury almost six hours and we know that at times they were at a stalemate. 14 News spoke to the family as they waited for the verdict, they were anxious, nervous and surprised that it took so long.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says this trial has been an uphill battle, and it's not over yet. He says the state is happy that this verdict does being justice to Caleb and Alyssa.

"It's not so much a victory, this is a very difficult case, you can't bring those kids back. All we wanted to do was finally get in court and tell our side of the story and give them the facts to the jury and let them make a recommendation," says Nick Hermann.

A formal sentencing date has been set for July 11 at 10 a.m. EST in Clark County.

At that time the family will be able to make a statement to the judge and express their feelings on this case.

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