Expert testifies about blood spatters in Gary triple homicide
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent January 30, 2013 6:50PM
Kevin Isom. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 11:38AM
Blood spatter patterns at the grisly scene where three people were fatally shot indicate that the jeans worn by the man accused of the crimes were within a few feet of the victims when they were killed.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Dean Marks, a blood pattern recognition expert, told Lake Superior Court jurors that many of the tiny blood drops on the jeans of Kevin Charles Isom indicated they were airborne. Based on their small size, Marks said the distance between the victims and the jeans was a few feet. Some of the blood stains were transfer stains, meaning the jeans came into contact with the victims’ blood.
Isom, 47, faces the death penalty, life in prison or a term of years if convicted of three counts of murder. He also is charged with three counts of attempted murder involving Gary officers who investigated gunfire at about 10:22 p.m. Aug. 6, 2007, at the family apartment at 5708 Hemlock Ave. Several hours later when Gary police SWAT officers stormed the apartment, officers said Isom’s jeans were removed after a gun fell from his waistband after he was subdued.
Isom has pleaded not guilty.
Photographs of Isom’s wife, Cassandra Isom, 40, and her two children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci’Andria Cole, 13, were displayed on the flat-screen monitor as Marks described the blood spatter patterns he observed. Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. cautioned jurors not to let the photographs stir sympathy or emotion as they judge the evidence.
One of the photographs depicted Cassandra Isom on her back, her arms raised and bent upward at shoulder height. Marks said the way her body was positioned with blood stains, tissue and hair evidence “radiating away from her body,” show she was on the floor when she sustained a shotgun blast to the head. Marks described the wound as “an explosion of tissue and hair” that created a splashing effect of blood to the top of her left arm and onto the carpet.
Photographs in the bedroom also show tiny drops of Cassandra Isom’s blood “in flight” on the wall and on a tan skirt, Marks said. The source of the blood was low and radiated upward onto the clothes and wall, he said.
Marks is expected to resume his testimony Thursday.
Stefaniak told jurors he anticipated that deputy prosecutors David Urbanski and Michelle Jatkiewicz would conclude their case by the end of the week.