Isom statement to police: ‘I can’t believe I killed my family’
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent January 31, 2013 6:08PM
Kevin Isom. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:30PM
Prosecutors concluded their presentation of evidence in the capital murder case involving a Gary man charged with killing his wife and stepchildren with testimony from the detective who took the man’s statement.
“I can’t believe I killed my family. This can’t be real,” Kevin Isom told Gary police Detective James Bond in a statement the morning the bodies of Isom’s wife and stepchildren were found in the family’s apartment. All had been shot more than once.
Bond said after Isom’s admission, Isom’s otherwise flat demeanor changed and he put his head down. In the six-page statement, Isom said the day of the shootings, on Aug. 6, 2007, he went to the credit union, withdrew $20, came home, poured a glass of gin and juice and watched the movie “Hostel” with his stepdaughter, Ci’Andria Cole. “It was some crazy s---,” Isom said of the movie.
Afterward, he watched “Planet of the Apes,” called his wife at work around 3 p.m. and said she didn’t have to stop on the way home because his mother brought cigarettes for him. He finished the movie and his wife came home from work around 5 p.m. Isom said he talked with a cousin in Ohio for about an hour. His wife was in the living room with the children, including her son, Michael Moore, 16, while Isom was in the bedroom. She would come into the bedroom, sip from his drink and go back into the living room.
“I can’t say the rest because I can’t believe it,” Isom said.
A few days before the killings, Isom said his wife had talked about leaving Isom, an unemployed security guard. She was upset because she was paying the bills herself, he said. “She just had to vent,” Isom said in his statement.
The statement was read aloud by deputy prosecutor Michelle Jatkiewicz, who presented the state’s case with deputy prosecutor David Urbanski. Jurors were allowed to follow along with copies of the statement.
After Isom signed his statement, Bond said Isom made a comment without prompting. “He said, ‘I smell like gunpowder, like I’ve been at the range. Why didn’t y’all just kill me?” Bond recalled.
Gary police officers who went to the apartment at 5708 Hemlock Ave. in the Miller section to investigate gunfire about 10:22 p.m. said shots were directed at them as they crouched behind a vehicle and as one officer ran east toward Isom’s mother’s apartment to obtain information from her during a standoff. SWAT team members helped two officers to safety at an apartment building across the street.
During cross-examination, lead defense counsel Herbert Shaps accused Bond of forging Isom’s signature on his waiver of rights form and the statement, which was not videotaped or tape recorded. Shaps also suggested Bond was still at the scene for hours while Lake County police Detective James Tomko and Sam Perez were collecting evidence. Bond said he was there from about 3 a.m. until 4:36 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2007. Tomko and Perez arrived shortly after Bond did and spent about six hours documenting and gathering evidence.
Bond also said there was no “pre-interview” with Isom, who was subdued by SWAT officers and had a small cut near his eye. Police found a loaded .357 Magnum revolver in his waistband and a .40-caliber pistol and shotgun within reach.