Indiana News

Camm Files Appeal in Murder Case

10/13/2007

A former Indiana state trooper has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn his conviction of murdering his wife and two children seven years ago.

Lawyers representing David Camm filed the appeal Friday, and claimed numerous errors by the trial judge prevented him from getting a fair trial.

"It's never a fair trial if the jury can't hear both sides of the story," said Katharine Liell, one of Camm's attorneys.

Camm was convicted in 2002 of murdering his wife, Kimberly, 35, along his children, Jill, 5, Bradley, 7, in the garage of their home in the southern Indiana town of Georgetown in September 2000. He was serving a 195-year prison sentence when the state appeals court overturned the verdict, ruling that testimony about Camm's extramarital affairs had unfairly biased jurors.

Camm was found guilty by a different jury in March 2006 and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

The Floyd County prosecutor's office declined to comment on the filing. Prosecutor Keith Henderson has said previously that he believes the verdict will be upheld. The Indiana attorney general's office said it would seek to uphold Camm's conviction.

The attorney general's office has at least 30 days to respond to the appeal.

F. Thomas Schornhorst, a law professor emeritus at Indiana University, has questioned Camm's conviction. Schornhorst has questioned whether it was right for prosecutors to claim Camm had molested his daughter even though he was never charged with the alleged abuse.

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