Camm trial resumes Friday for day two of testimony

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Trial resumes Friday morning for a former Indiana State Trooper accused of killing his family.

The details of a 13-year-old legal odyssey that's confounded investigators, victims' families, and the justice system is unfolding in a Boone  County court room.

David Camm is facing his third trial for the murders of his wife and two children.  The murders took place months after Camm resigned from the Indiana State Police. The crime occurred in southern Indiana, but the publicity forced it to be moved to Boone County.

The most significant new evidence against David Camm: nine tiny drops of blood spatter found on his T-shirt. Prosecutor Stan Levco promised jurors that evidence won't leave any doubt the former lawman murdered his wife Kimberly and two young children, Jill and Bradley.

The crime still haunts Kim's parents.

"This is tough; just like reliving that night. It's hard," said Frank Renn, Kimberly's father.

One September night in 2000, the mother and her two children were shot to death in the garage of their Floyd County home.

Two juries found Camm guilty of murder. Appeals courts over turned both convictions. Camm's family remains convinced of his innocence.

"This is the first jury that is going to get to hear everything; hear all the evidence," said Donnie Camm, David Camm's brother.

For the first time, jurors will hear from Charles Boney. He's already been convicted of the murders and was sentenced to 225 years. Prosecutors claim he's was Camm's helper. Defense attorneys call Boney a career criminal who killed the three himself.

Richard Kamman insists Camm has an airtight alibi along with other experts who will testify the blood on his shirt occurred not during the shootings, but afterwards when a distraught father tried to help his wife and children.

Having endured two trials already, two families want two different versions of justice.

"I am hopeful but very very guarded, because we know that truth does not always emerge from the court room," said Julie Blakenbaker, David Camm's sister.

"The real evidence that got him convicted both times are still there; it can't change that. Hopefully this trial will get the same results as the other two and get this over with," said Renn.

The trial almost ended before it began.  The prosecutor demanded a mistrial when, during opening statements, the defense gave jurors evidence already ruled inadmissible. Special Judge Jonathan Dartt scolded the defense, then denied the mistrial request, and let the trial continue.

The trial was moved to Boone County to avoid the publicity the crime and previous trials have received in southern Indiana.  The trial is expected to take as long as ten weeks.