Criminal Justice

Gary Convict Appeals Today To State’s Highest Court

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May 29, 2014 — The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing today (Thursday)  the appeal of a Gary man convicted of several counts of murder and condemned to three consecutive death sentences for the 2007 slaying of his wife and two stepchildren.

A Lake County jury convicted Kevin Isom of shooting 40-year-old Cassandra Isom, 16-year-old Michael Moore, and 13-year-old C’Andria Cole in the family’s apartment.

The justices scheduled 60 minutes of oral arguments, split between Isom’s public defender, Mark Bates of Schererville, and Deputy Attorney General Kelly Miklos, representing the prosecution.

Bates identified eight possible errors made during the trial that he claims warrants the Supreme Court’s striking Isom’s death sentence or awarding him a new trial.  One of them is three consecutive death sentences.  Miklos says Indiana law permits judges to issue a penalty for each conviction.  Isom is one of 12 men on death row at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Source: Indiana Supreme Court


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