Ex-trooper's fate in southern Indiana slayings now in jury's hands
Jurors are preparing to decide the fate of a former Indiana state trooper charged with killing his wife and two young children in 2000.
Closing arguments were held Tuesday in David Camm's nearly eight-week trial, which was moved 100 miles north to find an impartial jury.
The jury received their final instructions Tuesday afternoon.
Besides three counts of murder, jurors also hearing they can find Camm guilty of aiding, abetting or causing Charles Boney to commit the murders. The state does not need to prove that Camm actually participated in the crime, but that he aided Charles Boney in committing it by providing an incentive or opportunity. Camm cannot be found guilty of "aiding, abetting or causing" if he simply knew a crime was being committed.
Jurors can also find Camm guilty of aiding, abetting or causing by circumstantial evidence alone, but in doing so, must exclude "every reasonable explanation of innocence." Aiding or abetting is not a separate charge from murder. Indiana law recognizes it as murder.
Camm has been convicted twice in the deaths of his family at their home in Georgetown in southern Indiana. Both convictions were overturned on appeal.
The 49-year-old Camm has maintained his innocence. He says he was playing pickup basketball with other men in a church gymnasium at the time of the slayings.
Charles Boney is serving a 225-year sentence for murder and conspiracy in the case. Prosecutors contend he conspired with Camm in the slayings and provided him the murder weapon.
The prosecutor told jurors that they must "connect the dots" from evidence they've heard to convict Camm.
Prosecutor Todd Meyer spent nearly two hours Tuesday morning outlining the case against David Camm.
Meyer maintained that the crime scene was staged inside the garage at the family's home in Georgetown in southern Indiana. Meyer also argued that Camm's alibi that he was playing pickup basketball in a church gymnasium doesn't hold up because the other players couldn't say Camm never left.
Defense attorney Stacy Uliana argued in her closing statement that Charles Boney alone committed the crimes in 2000 while Camm played basketball with 11 other men. She says none of the 11 could testify they saw Camm leave the game.
It's not clear when the jury will get the case.
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