convicted, the defendant could get 325 years in prison
Ison pleads not guilty to multiple murders
County inmate David Ison was arraigned Wednesday, September
12 on five murder charges in Franklin County. He was incarcerated
in the Ripley County Jail for another charge, where he was being
held on a $5M bail for attempting to rob the G.A. Triplett and
Son Pharmacy on May 9, 2011
Ison was taken by state police officers about 1 p.m. to Franklin
County to be arraigned on the murder charges. The charges stem
from the shootings of five Laurel residents: Roy, Angela, Melissa
and Jacob Napier along with Henry Smith on September 25.
The defendant said he didnt commit the murders and a not
guilty plea was entered at the initial hearing. A pretrial hearing
has been set for December 15 at 1 p.m. in Franklin County.
Court records allege that Ison had been buying prescription
pills from Roy Napier. When Roy raised his prices $2 per pill,
that is allegedly when Ison shot him and his family members,
along with a neighbor.
In Franklin County Court, Prosecutor Mel Wilhelm informed Ison
of possibly spending up to 325 years in prison if he is convicted
on the murders. The prosecutor said the defendants demeanor
was stoic. Wilhelm said, He listened to it,
he understood it, that was it, not much emotion.
There was heavy security as Ison was transported from one jail
to another and the hearing that took place around 2:45 p.m.
was short and not publicized.
There was no bond set for Ison on the murder charges. It was
reported that the victims family wants the prosecutor
to seek the death penalty in this case. Ison was appointed a
public defender, Herbert Branstetter to represent him.
Ison is now incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail, which
is what Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills had hoped for. He said
earlier that Isons alleged accomplice in the drug store
attempted robbery, Amanda Napier, is now being held at the Decatur
County Jail, but if Ison was moved to Franklin County, then
Napier would be housed in Ripley County. He said they needed
to keep the two inmates separated and even though women and
men are not housed together, there are still ways inmates can
figure out how to communicate, according to the sheriff.