Jury in Day 3 of Camm Deliberations
Jurors ended a second day of deliberations Wednesday night without reaching a verdict on whether a former state trooper was guilty of killing his wife and two children.
The jury, which listened to six weeks of testimony that introduced new evidence against David Camm in his second murder trial, left the Warrick County courthouse following 11 hours of deliberations after meeting for 12 hours on Tuesday.
"I think it's good that the jury is really serious about the evidence," said Sam Lockhart, Camm's uncle. "If they go by the law and look at reasonable doubt, then it's definitely in our favor."
The new trial was held after the state appeals court in 2004 overturned Camm's original convictions in the September 2000 shooting deaths of his wife, Kimberly, and their two children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5. They were killed in the garage of the family's home near Georgetown, about 15 miles west of Louisville, Ky.
Donnie Camm said his brother did not seem nervous while awaiting the verdict.
"You would think that he would be sitting on pins and needles, but he's the one keeping us all together," Donnie Camm said.
The verdict in David Camm's 2002 trial came after 29 hours over three days, capping a nine-week trial.
Media continued to wait for word that the jury had finished, with satellite trucks parked outside the judicial center in downtown Boonville, near Evansville. The case was moved 100 miles west of the Camm home because of news coverage of the shootings.
A jury in a separate trial convicted Charles Boney, 36, in January on three counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. A judge sentenced Boney to 225 years in prison.
Camm, who has maintained his innocence, did not testify during the trial.
The defendant resigned from the state police about four months before the shootings and was serving a 195-year prison sentence when his conviction was overturned by the appeals court, which ruled testimony about Camm's extramarital affairs had unfairly biased jurors.
Prosecutors said that Camm met Boney in June 2000 shortly after Boney's release from prison where he served seven years for armed robbery and criminal confinement convictions. They allege Camm and Boney worked together to carry out the shootings.
Camm's attorneys have said Boney was solely responsible for the deaths.