Attorneys for death row inmate seek more time for appeal

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) _ Defense attorneys for a Gary man sentenced to death for killing his wife and two teenage stepchildren have asked a magistrate to give him more time to sign a document needed for the case to be reviewed.

The (Munster) Times reports 50-year-old Kevin Isom has repeatedly refused to sign the document.

The Indiana Supreme Court last year upheld Isom’s conviction and sentence. In January, attorneys representing Isom filed a petition for post-conviction relief, arguing his trial attorneys didn’t do a number of things including not presenting his social and mental history during the trial’s penalty phase.

Lake County Magistrate Natalie Bokota took the petition under advisement pending the filing of notarized documents. Bokota has given the attorneys for the state until June 3 to file a response.

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