Kevin Isom. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 30, 2012 3:46PM
Three additional jurors were added to the panel Wednesday that will hear evidence in the death penalty murder trial of a Gary man charged with killing his wife and stepchildren.
Wednesday’s selection of the three new jurors brings the total to five selected so far in the Kevin Charles Isom triple murder case. A total of 12 jurors and four alternates will be selected.
Isom, 46, has pleaded not guilty in the Aug. 6, 2007, shooting deaths of his wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and stepchildren Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 13, at the family’s apartment in the Miller section of Gary. Isom also is charged with four counts of attempted murder involving Gary police officers who were shot at while responding to reports of gunfire.
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr., deputy prosecutors David Urbanski and Michelle Jatkiewicz and defense attorneys Herbert Shaps and Casey McCloskey began questioning potential jurors on Monday. The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 7.
If Isom is convicted of the three counts of murder, jurors will be required to consider three sentencing options — the death penalty, life without parole or a term of years. Murder is punishable by 45 to 65 years in prison.