Suspect in rural Ind. shootings pleads not guilty

By the Associated Press | October 12, 2011 | 10:15 PM EDT

BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says she might seek the death penalty against a man charged with five fatal shootings after an apparent drug dispute in rural Indiana.

WCPO-TV reports David Ison of Glenwood, Ind., pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five counts of murder ( ).

Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor Melissa Wilhelm told WCPO the state might pursue the death penalty in the case.

Ison is charged in the Sept. 25 slayings of an estranged couple, their two adult children and a neighbor in rural Laurel, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Prosecutors allege the shootings stemmed from a dispute over the price of the painkiller oxycodone.

Ison is being held on a $5 million bond on an unrelated charge of attempted robbery.