Prosecutor Ryan King asks for $5M bond, Judge Carl Taul agrees
Ison arraigned on attempted robbery
was set for David E. Ison, 46, of Glenwood, Indiana, on Thursday,
September 29 when he appeared in the Ripley County Circuit Court
for an arraignment hearing for the attempted armed robbery of
G.A. Triplett and Son Pharmacy on May 9. Ison is being held
at the Ripley County Jail on a $5 million bond.
Ison arrived to the courthouse with heavy security wearing a
bullet proof vest. Throughout the hearing, Ison looked down
at the floor and closed his eyes alot, appearing not to make
eye contact with anyone in the room.
Ryan King, Ripley County chief deputy prosecutor, urged Judge
Carl Taul to set what is believed to be the highest bond ever
set in Ripley County to $5 million dollars because he felt Ison
posed a danger to the community and should be considered a flight
King explained Indiana State Police Detective Tracy Rohlfing
had obtained a search warrant for Isons house and had
discovered incriminating evidence that was consistent with the
five murders that took place September 25 in Laurel that Ison
could be connected to.
According to King, clothing with blood splatters consistent
with being the shooter, a cell phone of one of the victims,
and shoes propped up against a fan drying were consistent with
prints found at the crime scene that were found at Isons
residence. Ammunition consistent with the ammunition used in
the Laurel murders was also found. A family of four: Angela
A. Napier, Roy D. Napier, Jacob L. Napier, Melissa L. Napier
and neighbor Henry X. Smith were all found shot to death at
their Laurel homes.
More information released during the arraignment explained Ison
was taken into custody near Andersonville where he was supposedly
on his way to rob the CVS Pharmacy in Batesville. King explained
that police say Ison was in disguise wearing a wig,
glasses, and mustache when he was arrested.
In the vehicle that Ison was driving, police officers discovered
a .380-caliber hand gun consistent with the murder weapon and
an assault rifle.
Isons court appointed attorney John Watson claimed, A
$5 million bond is an extraordinary bail for this court.
According to information given in court, Ison has had 26 felony
convictions for crimes committed in Southeastern Indiana since
Judge Taul set bail at $5 million, which means Ison could be
released if he posts 10 percent, or $500,000. Taul agreed with
King that Ison presents a danger to the community and because
of the possible time he is facing he also poses a flight risk.
Bond was set high due to Isons past criminal history and
his connection to the Laurel murders; however the arraignment
last week was for the alleged attempted armed robbery of the
G. A. Triplett and Son Pharmacy in May. Isons trial date
is set for March 27, 2012. He has entered a preliminary plea
of not guilty for the attempted armed robbery.
It is not clear when charges for the Laurel murders will be
formally filed against Ison. That will be in Franklin County
KARI MOORE PHOTO
Pictured above Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills, left,
leads David Ison out of the Ripley County Courthouse after
he is arraigned in Ripley County Circuit Court on Thursday,
September 29 for the attempted robbery of Triplett's Pharmacy
in Osgood on May 9 of this year.