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Judge bars molestation testimony from murder trial

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The third murder trial for David Camm continued Monday with a debate about whether or not the jury could hear testimony about five-year-old Jill Camm's sexual molestation that was heard in the second trial.

The judge ruled that the jury could not hear testimony relating to the alleged molestation, calling the claim speculation without enough evidence to support it.

Monday's ruling will prevent prosecutors from offering testimony that was key to David Camm's second conviction in the September 2000 slayings of his wife, son and daughter.

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned Camm's second murder conviction in 2009, largely citing unsupported arguments that Jill Cam had been molested and that David Camm had killed his family to keep it secret. His first conviction in the killings was also thrown out.

Lawyers argued Monday over the defense motion to exclude the testimony largely while jurors were out of the courtroom.

Monday testimony

The first witness was Dr. Tracey Corey, the chief medical examiner for the state of Kentucky who performed autopsies on both children. Corey testified that Jill died from a gunshot wound to the head while Bradley died due to a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. The doctor concluded Bradley was looking at the muzzle of the gun when shot.

While the children's autopsy pictures were being shown to the court, several members of the families closed their eyes. David Camm remained stoic but didn't look at the pictures.

The Kentucky medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Kim Camm testified that she was not wearing pants when shot, but there were no findings of a sexual assault. She was shot once in the head and also suffered from blunt  force trauma and injuries to the head and neck, indicating a struggle with her killer. Injuries to the tops of her feet seemed unusual, according to the testimony.

A retired Indiana State Police firearms examiner testified that he believed the murder weapon was a .380 caliber Larsen.

A retired Indiana State Police latent fingerprint expert testified that he couldn't identify any fingerprints on the shell casings but fingerprints found on Kim Camm's car match those of Charles Boney, who was convicted in the murders.

Singleton testified the set of fingerprints taken from all of the victims was "the worst quality he's seen in his career." All of the other prints on the vehicle were determined not to belong to David Camm. Singleton was not asked to identify any prints inside the house.

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