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Inmates: Ex-Trooper Confessed to Killings

2/9/2006

Two men who spent time in prison with a former state trooper testified during his triple-murder retrial that he confessed behind bars to killing his wife and two young children.

The inmates testified Wednesday that David Camm told them he committed the killings because he was facing a divorce from his wife. A third inmate testified that Camm had said he was having trouble sleeping because he could still hear his son saying, "Daddy, help me, please help me."

Camm's defense lawyer, however, questioned the inmates' credibility, pointing out differences between their accounts and those of police investigators and asked them about their motives for testifying.

Kimberly Camm and the couple's children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5, were shot to death in September 2000 inside the garage of the family's home near Georgetown, about 15 miles west of Louisville, Ky.

David Camm, who resigned from the state police about four months before the killings, was convicted in 2002 on three counts of murder and sentenced to 195 years in prison. The Indiana Court of Appeals, however, threw out the conviction in 2004, ruling that testimony about alleged extramarital affairs unfairly biased the jury against him.

Inmate Jeremy Bullock, a convicted murderer, testified Wednesday that Camm told him that he killed his family because "the marriage was not going well" and that he would have financial difficulties if there was a divorce.

A second inmate, James Hatton, said Camm told him a similar story "in bits and pieces," and also mentioned that he had gotten blood on himself when he committed the killings but moved at least one body to have an excuse for the blood.

During Camm's first trial, 11 witnesses testified Camm was playing basketball at a church at the time of the killings. Prosecutors, however, have contended that he left the game, killed his family, then returned to church before later driving home and reporting the deaths.

Bullock testified that Camm told him he believed the men he played basketball with would be convinced he was there through the entire evening even after returning from the shootings.

Under questioning by defense attorney Katharine Liell, Bullock said he had watched a 2002 broadcast of the CBS show "48 Hours" with Camm when it focused on his case. Bullock also said he had asked his mother to tell the Floyd County prosecutor's office that he had been in prison with Camm.

"Did you tell your mother that the whole time you watched '48 Hours' Dave Camm was saying, 'I didn't do it, I didn't do it?'" Liell asked.

Bullock denied that Camm made such a statement.

Charles Boney, 36, was convicted in a separate trial last month on three counts of murder in the Camm family deaths. Prosecutors allege that Boney and Camm worked together in the killings.

Camm has maintained his innocence, and his defense attorneys have blamed the shootings on Boney, who was released from prison months before the shootings after serving time on armed robbery and criminal confinement convictions.

Boney was first linked to the case last year by DNA evidence on a sweat shirt, inscribed with his nickname, "Backbone," and a palm print found at the crime scene.

Liell said outside court that the inmates lied in their testimony against Camm.

"He always told them that he did not do this, that somebody else had done it, and that he believed that whoever was the owner of the gray sweat shirt _ whoever 'Backbone' was _ was the killer," she said.

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