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December 2, 2013

Camm working with nonprofit advocating for inmates

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A southern Indiana man acquitted of killing his wife and two children after 13 years in prison will work with a national nonprofit that advocates on behalf of criminal convicts it believes have been wrongfully accused.

David Camm will work as a case coordinator for Investigating Innocence, which provides criminal-defense investigations for its clients, Bill Clutter, director of investigations for the group, told The (Louisville) Courier-Journal for a story Sunday.

Clutter, who was part of Camm's defense team, helped found Investigating Innocence this year after moving to the Louisville area from Illinois, where he helped found the Illinois Innocence Project.

Camm's experience as a former Indiana State Police trooper and a prisoner of wrongful convictions will be key assets, Clutter said.

"This is one of the most compelling cases of innocence I've ever seen," Clutter said of Camm.

A jury acquitted the 49-year-old Camm on Oct. 24 in his third murder trial in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife, Kim, 35, and children, 7-year-old Brad and Jill, 5, at their home in Georgetown, about 15 miles west of Louisville. The September 2000 slayings occurred shortly after Camm left the state police.

Camm's two previous convictions were overturned on appeal. Camm had maintained his innocence throughout his trials.

Camm's first case for Investigating Innocence will be working with Texas death row inmate Darlie Routier, who was convicted of fatally stabbing a 5-year-old son, Damon, in 1997. She also was charged with killing Damon's 6-year-old brother, Devon, but was not tried for that death.

Routier contends an unidentified intruder killed the boys and stabbed her in their suburban Dallas home.

Her conviction came after key testimony from Tom Bevel, a bloodstain pattern expert used by prosecutors during Camm's trials.

Kim Camm's father, Frank Renn, said he had not heard of David Camm's new job until told by a reporter.

"Right now, David is putting on a show for the people of Floyd County," Renn said. "He's trying to get back in the good graces of the people of Floyd County. I think people will see through that."


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