Court ordered to consider new trial for man convicted of killing five in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - The man who admitted to murdering five people in rural Franklin County will get another chance before the court that convicted him.

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that a Franklin County court should consider David Ison's petition to get a new trial. Ison argues he had ineffective counsel and questions whether his guilty plea was voluntary.

The drug-deal-turned-shooting in 2011 ended in the deaths of a husband and his estranged wife, their two adult children, and their neighbor. Those families are now worried they'll have to experience the pain of their loss all over again.

"I can't rest. It's on my mind everyday," said Teresa Kennedy, the sister of one of the victims. "It was brutal. Nobody knows except the cops, the coroner and us how bad it was. He should not walk free ever.

"There's going to be a lot of anger, a lot of hurt and I don't know what will happen."

Ison is currently serving life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to the killings. But if he does get a new trial, the prosecutor says he would consider seeking the death penalty, if permitted by law.

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