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Isom trial Day 18: Crime lab investigator describes evidence collection

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Updated: February 27, 2013 6:14AM



CROWN POINT — Lake County crime scene investigators collected so many pieces of evidence — shotgun waddings, shell casings, bullets and bullet fragments — from Kevin Isom’s apartment that they ran out of tiny white boxes.

Detective Samuel Perez of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department testified Friday in the 18th day of Isom’s murder trial, telling the jury he began using very small paper bags.

Defense attorney Herb Shaps spent Friday morning focused on those paper bags, which Perez said he threw away at the crime lab when he moved the evidence to boxes and attached evidence cards to a sealed plastic bag.

Shaps, who with fellow public defender Casey McCloskey, is representing Isom, 47, charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and her children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 14, on Aug. 6, 2007, at their Lakeshore Dunes apartment in the Miller neighborhood of Gary.

Isom, who sat still and appeared expressionless during Friday’s testimony, is also charged with attempted murder against four police officers who arrived at the scene while Isom allegedly held his family inside their home.

Police later collected weapons from the house and an assortment of bullets and casings.

Perez continued his previous testimony Friday morning, identifying more than a dozen items he collected at the scene then examined at the department’s lab.

Shaps pressed him on the paper bags he used, asking if vital evidence could possibly be lost while the fragments and casings bounced around in bags.

“They are very small bags,” Perez said. “And I folded them.”

Jurors appeared amused when Shaps reacted with surprise to Perez’s explanation.

The other topic occupying the day’s testimony was an apparent typographical error by Perez who classified a revolver recovered at the scene as a .367 Magnum instead of the more common .357.

The trial resumes Saturday.



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