Isom jurors will tour apartment where three died
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org January 21, 2013 3:58PM
Kevin Isom. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 21, 2013 8:48PM
Jury members in the Kevin Isom capitol murder case will tour on Thursday the apartment where the three victims in the case died.
Lake County Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. discussed with attorneys on Monday the logistics of the visit to the 5708 Hemlock Ave. apartment.
The visit means the jury will see for themselves the place where Cassandra Isom, 40, and her two children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 13, were shot to death on Aug. 7, 2007.
However, Stefaniak said he wanted to issue the jury a number of instructions before the visit, including one telling them that other people now live in the apartment and that it will look different after more than five years.
The jurors will also be told to not talk to each other in the house and that they can’t ask questions. Instead, they are to take their time viewing whatever they need by standing quietly in that area, Stefaniak said.
He agreed to increase the number of Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers going with the group from four to six after deputy prosecutor David Urbanski said he didn’t want to take a chance that something might happen that could cause a mistrial.
“That would be absolutely horrific,” Urbanski said.
The apartment will likely be packed for the trip, as the 16 jurors, four attorneys, Stefaniak, police officers, a court reporter and a videographer all need to be there. Isom will not go to the apartment but will instead review the video later with his attorneys.
Earlier in the day, Gary Detective Lorenzo Davis testified that he entered the apartment twice on Aug. 8, the day after the shootings. Both times he could only stay in the apartment for several minutes because so much tear gas remained. He also said that the second time he went, to serve a search warrant, the door was locked and that he and another police officer locked it again before leaving.