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Death Penalty

Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

Few cases make it to Indiana Supreme Court

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court is the pinnacle of a state court system that in any given year handles some 1.6 million cases filed in the state's 92 counties, including roughly 180,000 cases in Lake County and 38,000 in Porter County.

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Death penalty sought against Blount

Death penalty sought against Blount

CROWN POINT | The man accused of killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield closed his eyes Wednesday as a judge read information about the state's intent to seek the death penalty against him.

September 17, 2014 11:30 am
State to seek death penalty for suspected cop killer

State to seek death penalty for suspected cop killer

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, according to court records. 

September 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

Supreme Court likely to uphold Isom death sentence

INDIANAPOLIS | The five justices of the Indiana Supreme Court reacted skeptically Thursday to claims that judicial and prosecutorial mistakes allegedly made during Kevin Isom's death-penalty trial rise to the level of fundamental error and warrant a new trial.

May 29, 2014 1:30 pm Related
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May 06, 2014 12:00 am

Zoeller vows to defend Indiana marriage laws

INDIANAPOLIS | Don't look for Indiana Republican Greg Zoeller to join the growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend their states' laws prohibiting same-sex marriage and denying recognition of valid gay marriages performed elsewhere.

February 22, 2014 7:00 pm

Isom death-penalty trial defense costs nearly $700K

CROWN POINT | The Indiana Public Defender Commission has reported total defense costs in the Kevin Isom death penalty case at nearly $700,000 as of Monday with half that amount returned to Lake County.

September 16, 2013 5:55 pm
Mental illness finding wins death row inmate additional appeal

Mental illness finding wins death row inmate additional appeal

INDIANAPOLIS | A death row inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has won the chance to argue he's become too mentally ill in prison to be executed.

September 04, 2013 3:33 pm Related
From The Times' archive: A second chance at life

From The Times' archive: A second chance at life

The Times spoke with Paula Cooper in July 2012 as the final year of her sentence began.

June 17, 2013 4:00 pm

Death penalty trial budgeted at $750,000

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials say the tab for the Kevin Isom death penalty case is capped at $750,000, and any more will have to be borrowed.

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Court hands Kevin Isom three consecutive death sentences

CROWN POINT | Kevin Isom was sentenced to death Friday as recommended last month by a Lake County jury.

March 08, 2013 6:35 pm Related

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Alleged gang member could face death penalty

HAMMOND | Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against an alleged gang member accused of aiding in the homicides of six people.

March 06, 2013 9:45 pm

Jury sentences convicted murderer Kevin Isom to death

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury took less than two hours Friday to sentence convicted murderer Kevin Isom to death.

February 08, 2013 3:00 pm Related

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Testimony indicates Isom overcame life's deficits

CROWN POINT | Kevin Isom, now a convicted murderer facing a possible death penalty, has no major prior criminal history, graduated from high school against the odds and held a steady job as a security guard for some 15 years.

February 07, 2013 5:23 pm
Family describes Isom as protective, a family man and hardworker

Family describes Isom as protective, a family man and hardworker

CROWN POINT | Family members of Kevin Isom testified Wednesday as the sentencing phase of the capital murder trial began the morning after Isom's conviction.

February 06, 2013 7:30 pm

Jury finds Isom guilty of murdering wife, stepchildren

CROWN POINT | A Lake County jury took two hours Tuesday afternoon to find a Gary man guilty of murdering his wife and two stepchildren.

February 05, 2013 7:20 pm Related

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Detective testifies Isom said, 'I can't believe I killed my family'

CROWN POINT | The lead detective in the Kevin Isom murder case testified Thursday about a statement Isom gave police the day after his wife and two stepchildren were slain in the family's Gary apartment.

January 31, 2013 6:30 pm

Crime lab technician: Articles moved at Isom crime scene

CROWN POINT | He didn't move them, but items at the crime scene were moved at different junctures of the investigation into Lake County's ongoing capital case, a crime lab technician testified Wednesday under grilling by the defense at Kevin Isom's murder trial.

January 16, 2013 7:30 pm

Photos show weapons, ammo in Isom bedroom

CROWN POINT | Among dozens of crime scene photographs admitted Tuesday into evidence against Kevin Isom were photos of a shotgun, two handguns, ammunition and an alcohol bottle, all strewn about the foot of Isom's bed.

January 15, 2013 7:00 pm

Responding officers continue to testify in Isom case

CROWN POINT | Police responding more than five years ago to a triple homicide at a Gary apartment complex continued to testify Monday, the seventh day of trial for Kevin Isom.

January 14, 2013 6:40 pm
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