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Camm Trial Begins With Bloody Photos, Request for Mistrial

Ex-trooper accused in murders of wife and two children in 2000


David Camm (photo courtesy RTV6)

The murder trial of former state trooper David Camm has begun in Lebanon, with prosecutors asking for a mistrial over a violation of imits on what the jury can hear.


Special prosecutor Stan Levco sought the mistrial over comments during opening statements regarding a key prosecution witness, Charles Boney, who's serving a 205-year sentence for his involvement in the murders of Camm's wife and two young children. Prosecutors contend Boney sold Camm the gun, and was on hand while Camm ambushed his family in their garage. The defense says Boney committed the murders, and Camm is innocent. But in laying out that case in opening statements, attorney Richard Kammen referred to Boney's supposed foot fetish.

Kim Camm wasn't wearing socks when she was found, and Kammen suggests Boney took them. But the foot-fetish reference violates strict limits on what the jury is allowed to hear about Boney's background, including his criminal record. An angry Judge Jon Dartt didn't rule out sanctions against Kammen, but denied the mistrial motion. He says his warning to the jury to disregard the comment should be enough.

Once testimony got underway, prosecutors began tracing the timeline of the investigation, with testimony about Camm's initial call reporting the murders -- not to 911, but to his former State Police post in Sellersburg. They also introduced a series of bloody crime scene photos of the three bodies, which left a couple of jurors dabbing at their eyes.

Camm has gone on trial twice before, only to have convictions overturned on appeal.

Prosecutors contend Camm went out of his way to establish an alibi, slipped away from the gym where he'd been playing basketball, killed his family, and removed his wife's pants in an attempt to make it look like a sex crime. The defense says Boney's DNA, which surfaced between Camm's first two trials, was on the scene not because he was an accomplice, but because he acted alone.

The trial was moved from Camm's Floyd County home to Lebanon because of pretrial publicity.

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» Indiana Court of Appeals Orders Special Prosecutor in Camm Case (11-15-11)
» Special Prosecutor Requested in Camm Appeal (10-4-11)
» Judge Selected for Third Trial of Accused Murderer (7-13-10)
» Indy Attorney Appointed to Defend State Trooper (1-10-10)
» Venue Request in Former State Trooper's Third Trial (12-16-09)
» Camm Will Be Tried for Murder a Third Time (12-3-09)
» State Supreme Court Denies Request to Rehear Appeal (12-1-09)
» Defense Urges no Rehearing on Family Slaying (8-18-09)
» Former State Trooper's Family's 2000 Killings Could go to 3rd Trial (8-2-09)
» Indiana Court Asked to Reconsider Family Slaying Case (7-27-09)
» Court Overturns Conviction in Family Slaying (6-26-09)
» High Court Hears Arguments in Ex-Trooper's Murder Case (5-22-08)
» Indiana Supreme Court Sets Date For Former State Trooper's Appeal (3-27-08)
» Carter: Camm Ruling Should Stand (2-14-08)
» Convicted Killer's Appeal Denied (1-29-08)
» Camm Files Appeal in Murder Case (10-13-07)
» Man Convicted of Killing State Trooper, 2 Children Seeks New Trial (9-8-07)
» Court Clerk Averts Contempt Citation (6-6-07)
» Convicted Triple Murderer Asks For Reversal (5-2-06)
» Man Convicted of Slaying His Family Receives Life Term (3-28-06)
» Camm Jury Recommends Life in Prison (3-7-06)
» Ex-Trooper's Attorneys Will Appeal Second Murder Conviction (3-4-06)
» Former State Trooper Convicted A Second Time In Family Murders (3-4-06)
» Day Four Of Deliberations In Triple Murder Trial (3-3-06)
» Jury in Day 3 of Camm Deliberations (3-2-06)
» Deliberations Resume in Camm Trial (3-1-06)
» Ex-Trooper's Murder Trial Comes to a Close (2-27-06)
» Camm Judge Rejects Mistrial Request (2-19-06)
» Judge: Camm Not Guilty of Conspiracy; Murder Charges Continue (2-14-06)
» Inmates: Ex-Trooper Confessed to Killings (2-9-06)
» Ex-Convict Told Police He Heard Man Shoot Wife, Children (1-13-06)


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