WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) — The US Supreme Court will not hear an appeal in connection with the death sentence of Jeffrey Weisheit, a death-row inmate convicted of killing two children in Vanderburgh County, Indiana in 2010.

In 2013, Weisheit was sentenced to death for killing five-year-old Caleb Lynch and eight-year-old Alyssa Lynch.

Weisheit bound and gagged the two children before intentionally setting fire to his home in northern Vanderburgh County, by using a railroad flare.

Weisheit was arrested in northern Kentucky after a high-speed chase.

In 2015, a court unanimously upheld Weisheit’s convictions and sentence in a direct appeal. 

In 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court agreed that Weisheit’s convictions and sentence should stand.

Weisheit argued that during the penalty phase of his trial, his lawyers failed to obtain and introduce records from the Indiana Boys School that might have helped persuade the jury against death. He also argued that his lawyers failed to call expert witnesses and introduce certain evidence.

The US Supreme Court’s decision on Monday means the death sentence for Weisheit will stand.

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(This story was originally published on June 24, 2019)