Bail set at $5 million on unrelated charge for person of interest in Ind. murders

Source: FOX59, Indianapolis
Source: FOX59, Indianapolis
Evidence shown in court (Source: FOX59, Indianapolis)
Evidence shown in court (Source: FOX59, Indianapolis)
Evidence shown in court (Source: FOX59, Indianapolis)
Evidence shown in court (Source: FOX59, Indianapolis)

Versailles, IN (FOX19) - A man who is being called a person of interest in the murders of five people in Franklin County was in court Thursday on an unrelated charge.

David Ison, 46, was ushered into the Ripley County courthouse on Thursday wearing a bullet-proof vest. He was arrested Tuesday night for the attempted armed robbery of the Triplett's Drug Store in Osgood, Ind.

Ison's bail has been set at $5 million. The Ripley County prosecutor, Ryan King, argued for the bail to be set high for many reasons; one because of evidence found in the Franklin County murder investigation.

During Ison's arrest, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles developed information that possibly associated him to the five deceased victims on Stipps Hill Road in Franklin County.

The Ripley County Prosecutor stated in court that the blood spatter on Ison's clothing is consistent with him being the shooter, police found him with the cell phone of one of the murder victims, shoe prints at the murder scene are similar to Ison's. Police also found ammunition, a handgun and a rifle in his possession when he was arrested.

The prosecutor said in court that they believe he was on his way to rob another pharmacy when he was arrested. He was wearing a disguise when he was arrested: glasses, beard, mustache, wig and cap.

A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Ison by his attorney John Watson. The court decided he was a danger to the community.

Ison has not been charged with anything related to the five murders in Franklin County. Prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against him.

According to the Associated Press, Sheriff Ken Murphy says he's "99.9 percent certain" police have the shooter.

Ison has a lengthy criminal history that includes several burglary charges, as well as armed robbery, forgery, counterfeiting, criminal confinement and theft. He has 26 felony convictions.

Angela Napier, 47, her estranged husband Roy Napier, 50, and two of their adult children, Melissa Napier, 23, Jacob Napier, 18, and a neighbor Henry Smith, 43, were found dead around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. All members of the Napier family suffered gunshot wounds to the head, and Smith had a gunshot wound to the chest.

Their bodies were discovered after a 4-year-old girl was found wandering alone in the street. It's believed the girl was the daughter of Melissa Napier.

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