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Cops, courts and fires

September 25, 2013

Camm family, friends emotional on stand

Accused's uncle describes moment he saw bodies of mother, kids


Lockhart recounted climbing into the vehicle to get to Jill and touching her skin, only to find it cold and clammy.

“Buddy, I think they’re gone,” is what Lockhart remembers telling Camm.

Lockhart lost his composure at several times during the testimony. As he reached for a tissue to wipe his eyes, family members of both Kim and David Camm also wept.

The trial — moved to Boone County to find a jury untainted by the exhaustive media coverage of the case over the last 13 years — started seven weeks ago with jury selection.

But for the extended Camm family, the ordeal has been going on much longer.

David Camm has twice been convicted of the crime, but both convictions were overturned on appeal. The Indiana Supreme Court ordered a third trial in June.

Other witnesses who testified Wednesday conveyed the toll the crime has taken on the families and the small community of Georgetown, where the Camms lived.

Tom Jolly, a friend of David Camm’s who testified he’d played basketball with Camm on the night of the murders, described the idyllic neighborhood where he and the Camms resided.

“It was the kind of neighborhood where we didn’t lock the doors — not till this happened,” Jolly said.

Later in his testimony, Jolly said he was certain that Camm had never left the church gym that night.

“This ordeal has had such an impact on my family, and so many other families, I’ll never forget it,” he said.

Also testifying Wednesday was Debbie TreVree, David Camm’s aunt, who also lived near the Camm home. Called by the defense, she’s been a sharp critic of how the Indiana State Police handled the murder investigation.

On the witness stand, she denied telling police that she heard gunshots on the night of the killings, as is portrayed in the original probable-cause affidavit used to arrest Camm.

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