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DNA analyst testifies at David Camm trial

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The murder trial for David Camm continued Tuesday with continuing testimony from Indiana State Police DNA analyst Lynn Scamahorn.

In February 2005, Scamahorn tested the gray sweatshirt left at the crime scene and Charles Boney's DNA came up as a match. Also in 2005, another area of the sweatshirt tested and matched Boney's girlfriend's DNA.

The DNA analyst testified outside the presence of the jury that during the first trial in 2001, prosecutor Stan Faith threatened her because she wasn't willing to testify the way he wanted her to. He wanted her to say that she found Camm's DNA on the sweatshirt and she couldn't do that.

According to Scamahorn, Faith threatened her job and threatened to charge her with obstruction. The defense petitioned the court to allow the jury to hear about Faith's misconduct but the court upheld a previous ruling. The jury will not hear about Faith's misconduct in this trial.

The defense also petitioned the court to exclude testimony from Danny Camm, David's brother, who sold and was the beneficiary on Kim Camm's life insurance policy. The court allowed testimony about insurance and beneficiaries but no testimony about possible wrongdoing by Danny Camm.

The prosecutor maintains that money was motive for the murders of David Camm's wife and children.

The jury then heard from Shelly Romero, a former ISP K-9 trooper and friend of David Camm. She responded to the crime scene on the night of the murders and Camm's first words to Romero were, "Someone killed my [expletive] family." 

Romero said Camm was adamant that the investigation be done right. He asked Romero if she thought his kids were in heaven.

Camm became emotional in court when Romero recounted a conversation she had with him about the funeral preparations. Romero felt the investigation was going too quickly and like there was a "pack mentality" within the post against Camm.

Janice Renn, Kim Camm's mother, testified that Kim was always a quiet child and very private. The night of the murder, Kim and the children left Janice's house and the kids gave Janice the peace sign as they pulled away like they always did.

Tuesday wrapped with beginning testimony from James Biddle, a retired ISP investigator. He was a friend of Camm and assisted in the investigation. The trial will begin Wednesday with the jury hearing a phone call from Camm to Biddle three days after the murders.

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