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August 23, 2013

Blood evidence the focus in first day of Camm trial



The defense has maintained Camm got blood on his shirt when he attempted CPR on his young son after finding the bodies upon returning home from a pickup basketball game.

Most of the testimony on Thursday afternoon came from Sgt. James Niemeyer, a retired Indiana State Police evidence technician who said his superiors told him to keep quiet when he expressed reservations about the competence of the prosecution's blood-spatter expert.

Niemeyer said the expert didn't bring along a kit with which to test blood, collected evidence that tests showed wasn't blood and didn't seem to have much experience at crime scenes.

Some evidence that normally would have been tested at the southern Indiana state police lab that Niemeyer oversaw was instead taken by prosecutors elsewhere, he testified under cross-examination by defense attorney Stacy Uliana.

Kammen told jurors during opening statements evidence that could have helped clear Camm had been overlooked in the previous trials.

"We'll ask you to be heroes. We'll ask you to have the courage to say there was a rush to judgment," he told the jury.

Camm, 49, has spent most of the last 13 years behind bars. In order to find an impartial jury, this trial was moved to Lebanon, about 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis and more than 100 miles from the Louisville, Ky., suburbs where the slayings occurred.

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