LEBANON — Thirteen years may have dimmed some of the details surrounding the murders of Kimberly Camm and her two young children, but the impact of the brutal crime — and the shocking arrest of her husband on charges he killed his family — still reverberate.
Evidence of that was on display Wednesday in the Boone County courtroom where the third murder trial of former state trooper David Camm is underway. Friends and relatives of both the suspect and the victims openly wept during testimony about the night of the murders and the discovery of the bodies of the 34-year-old mother, her 7-year-old son Bradley, and 5-year-old daughter Jill, in the garage of their family home in rural Floyd County.
“It never goes away. It never goes away,” is how Nelson Lockhart, the uncle of David Camm, responded to a question from defense attorney Richard Kammen about the vivid memory of that night.
Camm, who resigned from the Indiana State Police four months before the murders, has contended that he was playing basketball with friends and relatives at a nearby church gym on Sept. 28, 2000, when his family was killed. Prosecutors believe Camm slipped out of the gym while the others weren’t watching, went home and killed his wife and children, then returned to the gym unnoticed.
Kammen took Lockhart, a retired Louisville police officer, through a moment-by-moment account of how he’d arrived at the Camm family home on the evening of the murders.
Lockhart had been next door, at his 92-year-old father’s house, when he heard Camm banging on the door and screaming: “Nelson, Nelson. Come quick. Somebody’s killed my kids.”
Lockhart saw Camm turn around and run back to the family’s garage. Lockhart followed, and what he saw stunned him: Kimberly Camm was lying on the floor of the garage, bleeding profusely from a fatal gunshot wound, while David Camm was hunched over his son, who was also shot, trying to revive him with CPR. Jill was inside her mother’s Chevrolet Blazer, also dead as Lockhart would discover.