Suspect pleads not guilty in Indiana mass murder

David E. Ison (Source: Ripley County Jail)
David E. Ison (Source: Ripley County Jail)

Versailles, IN (FOX19) - The man formally charged with five counts of murder in rural Indiana has pleaded not guilty on all charges.

David E. Ison is accused of slaying Angela A. Napier, Jacob L. Napier, Roy D. Napier, Melissa L. Napier and Henry X. Smith on September 25, 2011.

Detectives say they received information after conducting a search at the home Ison was staying that linked him to the five victims. They were able to formally charge Ison based upon results they gained from the arrest, search warrants and further investigations.

During the arraignment Wednesday, his bond stayed at $5 million and he was appointed an attorney; Hubert Branstetter.

There is no information on when he will be back in court. Ison is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail.

Ison was transferred from the Ripley County Jail where he was being held on Attempted Armed Robbery Charges. He was arrested on September 28th after allegedly robbing Triplett's Drug Store in Osgood, Indiana.

The case is still under investigation. If anyone has further information on this crime, call Indiana State Police at 812-689-5000.

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