Jury acquits David Camm in family murders

David Camm (WTHR file photo)
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David Camm was convicted twice of murder, but he is now a free man.

The former Indiana State trooper walked into court Thursday morning in handcuffs and under police escort. He walked out this afternoon without restraints after being cleared in the murder of his wife and children 13 years ago.

As Camm walked out of the Boone County courthouse, cheers erupted much as they did by Camm's family inside when the unanimous not-guilty verdict came down.

The 49-year-old Camm did not speak to reporters.

The former Indiana State trooper was acquitted in the murders of his wife Kim, 35, and their two children, Brad and Jill, ages five and seven, in Georgetown in 2000.

Camm was convicted twice, in 2002 and 2006, and the guilty verdicts were overturned twice on appeal - in the case of the first verdict for character aspersions and in the second verdict for accusations of molestation.

Camm's family and defense team call this third trial vindication.

"God is good. Praise God. That's it. I don't know what else to say," said Julie Blankenbaker, Camm's sister.

"I feel now justified in what we've been fighting for, for the past 13 years. It's worth it," said Sam Lockhart, Camm's uncle.

"That is nothing more than complete vindication of David Camm and I hope that the viewers, especially the people in southern Indiana, understand that this man has been innocent and has been wrongly accused for 13 years," said Richard Kammen, defense attorney.

Camm was emotional in court, sobbing as the mostly female jury delivered their unanimous not-guilty verdict. It took them just ten hours after listening to eight weeks of testimony.

"We put on as good a case as we could and the jury spoke pretty clearly," said Stan Levo, special prosecutor.

"Once you get away from this superfluous stuff that infected the first two trials, there really was no evidence," said Kammen.

It's been a legal roller coaster for this case. The defense team says new science - touch DNA - made a difference in his third trial. They also say testimony from Charles Boney was key. Boney is the man prosecutors claimed was Camm's co-conspirator who is already in prison for the crimes. 

Boney was sentenced to 225 years in prison.

"Charles Boney killed these people and the evidence of that is overwhelming and conclusive," said Kammen.

The prosecution said Camm wanted out of the relationship. The defense argued Camm was playing basketball at the time the crime was committed.

Boney maintained in his testimony that Camm tried to frame him for the slayings. Boney said he went to Camm's southern Indiana home to sell Camm a gun in September 2000. Boney says he assumed that when Camm approached his wife's SUV in the garage, Camm was going to get his payment but instead he heard gunshots.

Boney said Camm then pointed the gun at him, but it misfired. Boney says he chased Camm, and Camm told him, "You did this."

Family of the victims were stoic during the verdict and did not talk to reporters. But Camm's family says he can now get back to life as a free man.

"What can you say after being holed up 13 years of something you know you didn't do?" said Donald Camm. "He knew he was innocent and that's where he got his strength to get to the point where he is today."

The price tag for Camm's three trials, have cost Floyd County millions.

The first two trials cost about $2 million. The county set aside another $1 million for this most recent trial that moved to Boone County.

The county's tally for all Camm-related trials and expenses, since 2000, will exceed $4.4 million by the end of this year, according to Floyd County Auditor.