Indiana court set to hear triple slaying appeal

(WLFI Photo, file)
(WLFI Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The question of a family’s forgiveness could be the key to a new trial for a man given three death sentences for the slayings of his wife and two teenage stepchildren in the family’s Gary home.

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in 48-year-old Kevin Isom’s appeal.

A Lake County jury convicted Isom last year in the 2007 shooting deaths of his 40-year-old wife, Cassandra, 16-year-old Michael Moore and 13-year-old Ci’Andria Cole.

Defense attorney Mark Bates argues the trial judge should have allowed a juror to ask whether family members had forgiven Isom before the jury considered the death penalty.

Deputy Attorney General Kelly Miklos says the answer wouldn’t have made any difference.

It could be several months before the court rules on the appeal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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