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Court's ruling highlights death penalty issue

Court's ruling highlights death penalty issue

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of a drug used in lethal injections, the pace of executions in Indiana has slowed. Indiana, one of 31 states with the death penalty, has not executed an inmate since 2009. Indiana law calls for the death sentence only in murder cases that involve rape, robbery, arson or if the victim was a law enforcement officer or a child. Thirteen men are on death row in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, including Kevin C. Isom, who killed his wife, Cassindra, 40, and her children, Michael Moore, 16, and Ci'Andria Cole, 13, in 2007 in Gary. None of the 13 has an execution date. Debra Denise Brown also faces the death penalty for the 1984...