BROOKVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - The man charged in the September deaths of five Laurel residents has changed his plea, court officials in Franklin County say.
David Ison, of Glenwood, was charged in October with five counts of murder in the deaths of Roy Napier, 50; his estranged wife, Angela Napier, 47; their children, Melissa Napier, 23, and Jacob Napier, 18; and family friend Henry Smith, 43.
Ison pleaded not guilty to the charges originally, but on Tuesday changed his plea to guilty for all five murder charges. As part of the plea arrangement, Ison will likely be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Officials from the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office say the plea change wasn't part of a plea agreement. Ison voluntarily changed his plea.
Ison will appear in court on March 14, when a judge will impose his life without parole sentence. At that point, family members of the victims will be given an opportunity to speak to the court and Ison.
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