After acquittal, Camm could seek a return to courtroom
On Thursday afternoon, and after 13 years of imprisonment, David Camm walked free. A jury returned not guilty verdicts on all charges.
Camm always denied allegations that he killed his wife and their two children in 2000, even as he was twice convicted. Both convictions were overturned on appeal.
It was an uphill fight for the prosecution, with serious questions raised about the skills of some expert witnesses and about the credibility of one witness who already pleaded guilty to a role in the killings.
Camm, who is now 49, was accused in the September 2000 killings of his wife Kim, daughter Jill and son Bradley. They were shot to death in the couple's rural Georgetown, Indiana home. Charles Boney has been tried and convicted of the murders. But a juror in the Boney trial was horrified by yesterday's verdict.
Kristy Litch was part of the jury that convicted Boney. She followed Camm's trial in Lebanon. "(Camm's) defense team sitting there saying, 'a jury already found Boney guilty of this murder' so David Camm is obviously not," she said. "Well, you weren't there, you don't know. Yeah, we found him guilty, but we sure as heck think David Camm's guilty too."
Camm could be back in a court room.
He can't be tried again for murder, due to double jeopardy laws. But his late wife's family is suing to make sure he doesn't collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in death benefits.
For Camm, they were 13 lost years. "It is going to result in obviously tremendous emotional and physical damage to Mr. Camm," said Indianapolis defense attorney Jack Crawford.
Crawford is not part of the Camm case, but he says Camm could sue the state for false arrest and imprisonment.
"It's going to be a steep hill for Mr. Camm to climb," Crawford acknowledges.
Crawford says Camm would have to show that the charges were trumped up, a tall order after two juries convicted him on the evidence.
"To argue the police never even had a good faith belief that he committed this crime would be a stretch," said Crawford. "I'm sure they will explore the possibility."
But Crawford says it's also possible Camm might want to avoid the witness stand in a civil trial, a setting where he could be questioned about events surrounding the murder.
Another possible courtroom trip for Camm would be in an effort to have his record expunged and to get back his firearms. A new law sets guidelines for expungement under some circumstances.
"I'm sure this case will go down in Indiana legal history," Crawford said. At $4-million to prosecute, it is certainly one of Indiana's most expensive cases.
And while that new expungement law may allow him to clear his criminal record, it may be impossible for David Camm to ever shake the perception that he had something to do with the murder of his family.