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Week ends with seven jurors for Isom death penalty case

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Updated: January 2, 2013 6:11AM



The first full week of jury selection concluded Friday with a total of seven jurors chosen to hear testimony in a death penalty murder trial of a Gary man charged with killing his wife and two stepchildren.

Another 20 jurors will be questioned beginning Monday in the case of Kevin Charles Isom, 46, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the August 2007 shooting deaths of his wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and her two children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 13.

Deputy prosecutors David Urbanski and Michelle Jatkiewicz, defense attorneys Herbert Shaps and Casey McCloskey, and Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. have questioned jurors closely about their views on the death penalty.

If Isom is convicted of three counts of murder, he could be sentenced to death, life without parole or a term of years.

Murder is punishable by 45 to 65 years. Isom also is charged with four counts of attempted murder involving Gary police officers who were shot at while responding to gunfire at the family’s apartment in the Miller section.

Isom has pleaded not guilty.



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