Meece Receives Death Penalty

A Lexington, Ky., man has been sentenced to death in a 13-year-old triple slaying.

William Henry Meece was found guilty last month in the 1993 deaths of Adair County veterinarian Joseph Wellnitz, his wife Beth and son Dennis. He was also found guilty on charges of burglary in the first degree and robbery in the first degree.

After a four week trial, jurors deliberated less than two hours before delivering a guilty verdict and three more. Before recommending a death sentence.

Meece’s final sentencing was this morning in Warren Circuit Court. He made a statement but showed little remorse for the killings. He becomes the 37th inmate on Kentucky’s death row.

To view Meece's statement on his final sentencing click here.