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October 16, 2013

Closing arguments in Camm trial expected Monday

After nearly two months of testimony, work wrapping up

LEBANON — After nearly two months of sitting through a long line of witnesses with conflicting stories and contradictory scientific evidence, a Boone County jury is getting close to wrapping up its work in the third murder trial of former state trooper David Camm.

Special judge Jon Dartt of Spencer County, appointed to oversee the high-profile — and high cost — trial told the jury Wednesday that it should expect to hear closing arguments on Monday, before it’s sequestered to reach a verdict.

Jurors still have more work to do, though, before they get there. The eight women and four men on the jury heard final rebuttal witnesses Wednesday, and will spend today and Friday reviewing the multitude of exhibits that have been introduced in the case.

That review includes a return visit to the local police department garage to see the Ford Bronco where Camm’s two children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5, were shot to death 13 years ago. The body of Camm’s wife, Kimberly, was found nearby in the garage of the family’s home in Floyd County.

Prosecutors contend Camm killed his family, then staged the scene to make it look like someone else did. Camm, who left the state police four months before he was arrested in the Sept. 28, 2000 murders of his family, has twice been convicted of the crime, and twice seen those convictions overturned.

“You’ll be allowed to do your own investigation of the Bronco,” Dartt told jurors Wednesday.

The vehicle plays a key role in the case. The prosecution contends the miniscule spots found on David Camm’s T-shirt is blood that sprayed back on him from the fatal shot that killed his daughter, who was strapped into the back seat.

The defense contends the blood was transferred onto the shirt after Camm discovered the bodies, and when he reached over his daughter, making contact with her fatal head wound, to get to his son whom he believed was still alive.

The Ford Bronco is also where police discovered a bloody handprint that wasn’t identified until years after the crime.

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