The Herald Bulletin

October 12, 2013

Defense rests in ex-Indiana trooper's murder trial

The Associated Press

LEBANON, Ind. — Attorneys for a onetime Indiana state trooper charged with killing his wife and two young children rested their case Friday some seven weeks after testimony began in the man's third trial in the fatal 2000 shootings.

David Camm's attorneys wrapped their case without calling the 49-year-old to testify in his own defense. Defense attorney Richard Kammen had told reporters Thursday he believed significant questions had been raised about the evidence presented against Camm and there was no need for him to testify.

Both sides will begin calling rebuttal witnesses next Tuesday before the jury begins deliberating, The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported. Prosecutors rested their case on Sept. 20.

Camm is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Kim, 35, and the couple's children, Brad, 7, and Jill, 5, in the garage of the family's home in the southern Indiana town of Georgetown more than 13 years ago.

The Sept. 28, 2000, killings occurred about four months after Camm had resigned from the Indiana State Police.

Camm's two previous convictions were overturned on appeal. His third trial was moved to the central Indiana city of Lebanon, more than 100 miles north of where the killings occurred, in order to find an impartial jury.

The defense's final witness was Camm's sister, Julie Blankenbaker, who recalled Friday how she had joined her brother and other family members at her grandfather's house across the street from the Camm house in the hours after the victims' bodies were discovered.

Blankenbaker said her mother was sitting on the floor, rocking back and forth, with her arms full of photos of Brad and Jill, the newspaper reported. She recalled feeling a sense of "bewilderment."

"For the longest time, we just held each other," she said.

During its presentations and witnesses, the defense had questioned blood spatter evidence on a shirt Camm was wearing the night of the killings that prosecutors said tied Camm to the shooting scene. They also presented testimony from men who were playing pickup basketball games with Camm at a church gymnasium around the time of the shootings.

Two expert witnesses for the defense testified Thursday that they believed tunnel vision and bias led investigators to arrest Camm too quickly and to discount evidence of another man's involvement.

That man — Charles Boney — is serving a 225-year sentence for murder and conspiracy. The defense blames Boney for the killings while prosecutors maintain he conspired with Camm to kill Camm's family and had provided him with the murder weapon.