Jury Selection Begins In Letcher County Trial

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

A Letcher County man arrested at his wife's memorial service more than one year ago was in court Monday as jury selection began in his trial.

Back in October of 2005, Jason Ison was driving along Highway 15 in the Van area of Letcher County when police say his car skidded on wet pavement and into oncoming traffic.

Crosses now mark the spot where that accident occurred and where three people inside Ison's car, died, including his wife, Misty Ison, a friend, Jimmy Boggs, and 15 year old Buddy Bailey. Several days later, police arrested Jason Ison at his wife's memorial service saying he had drugs in his system when the accident occurred.

Ison is now facing 11 charges including three counts of vehicular homicide, assault, and wanton endangerment.

Ison has pleaded not guilty to those charges and as jury selection began Monday, lawyers on both sides say they plan on calling family members, as well as other officials, to the stand.

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