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October 15, 2013

DNA analyst dispute’s testimony of Camm witness

Court reporter can’t recall certain details of evidence examination

LEBANON, Ind. — Jurors in the third murder trial of David Camm sat through another day of complex scientific testimony in a case that continues to pit forensic experts against each other.

On Tuesday, a private DNA analyst called by the prosecution as a rebuttal witness, said the defense team’s “touch DNA” expert who testified last week was practicing bad science when he concluded he found evidence that pointed away from Camm as the prime suspect in the killings of Camm’s wife and children.
Norah Rudin, who specializes in DNA analysis, said she was “shocked” by the conclusions reached by defense expert Richard Eikelenboom because his methods were “inherently unreliable.”
Eikelenboom, a touch DNA expert from Holland, testified last week that he found partial DNA profiles of another man, Charles Boney, on clothing found at the crime scene, including on the underwear of Camm’s wife, Kimberly. Eikelenboom’s testimony is seen by the defense as critical to proving their client’s innocence. 
Camm is on trial for the third time in the September 2000 murders of his wife and children, Brad, 7, and Jill, 5, who were found shot to death in the garage of their Floyd County home. Camm’s two previous convictions were overturned.  
Prosecutors contend Camm shot his family while Boney — a serial felon who’d Camm met playing basketball before the murders — stood nearby. The defense argues that Boney, in prison on a 225-year sentence for his role in the killings, acted alone. 
Rudin was scornful of Eikelenboom’s testing methods, at one point saying that Eikelenboom’s previous experiences testifying as a forensic scientist in other cases didn’t make him an expert. She said he failed to meet testing standards set by other forensic science “authorities” in the U.S. 
Rudin was particularly critical of the small amount of trace DNA — skin cells left behind by touch — that Eikelenboom used in his tests. And she said the DNA probability statistics that Eikelenboom used to point to Boney as the perpetrator were faulty.

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