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October 31, 2013

Indiana man cleared of killing family posts letter

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A former Indiana State Police trooper acquitted in the slayings of his wife and two children after spending 13 years in prison has written a letter to supporters saying he feels blessed by the latest turn of events and is moving forward in his life.

The emotional letter posted on Facebook on Wednesday night offered the first extensive comments made public by David Camm since a jury found him not guilty Oct. 24 in his third murder trial in the 2000 shooting deaths of his wife, Kim, and their children, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill. Two earlier convictions were overturned on appeal.

The 49-year-old Floyd County man wrote that it was "hard to wrap my head around" his feelings since the acquittal.

"On one hand I had the State of Indiana represented by people I thought were my friends, people who I thought cared for me trying to take my life from away as well as trying to deny justice for Kim, Brad and Jill. On the other hand there are all of you. Over the last thirteen years I have seen the worst in people and thanks to all of you I have seen the best," Camm wrote.

Camm left the state police several months before the slayings, which were investigated by his former colleagues. Camm has said he was playing basketball at a church at the time of the slayings. Camm wrote that he was not ready to discuss the loss of his family.

"I am choosing to move forward. I don't want to be consumed by the past. They, the State, are not going to take more from me than they have already have gotten. My focus is the future," Camm wrote.

He thanked God for the turn in his fortunes. "I am a blessed man," he wrote.

The letter was posted in the "Free David Camm" Facebook group by his uncle, Sam Lockhart. It was signed, "The Camm Family: David, Kim, Brad and Jill."

Nick Stein, an attorney for Kim Camm's parents, Frank and Janice Renn, had no immediate comment on the letter. The Renns are suing David Camm to try to prevent him from recovering an estimated $625,000 in life insurance and 401(k) funds.

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