Jury gets case in ex-trooper's 3rd murder trial

LEBANON, Ind. - A Boone County jury began deliberations Tuesday in the third murder trial of a onetime Indiana State Police trooper accused of fatally shooting his wife and two young children in 2000 at the family's southern Indiana home.

Before jurors began deliberating the fate of David Camm, defense attorney Stacy Uliana told them in her closing argument that the state initially missed the real killer because it concluded wrongly three days after the slayings that Camm committed the crimes.

Prosecutor Todd Meyer, meanwhile, told jurors in his closing argument they must "connect the dots" from evidence they've heard to convict Camm.

Meyer said Camm's actions that day matched those of a trained policeman staging a crime scene instead of a distraught father seeking help after finding his family shot inside the family garage. The deaths occurred about four months after Camm had resigned from the Indiana State Police force to take a job with his uncle.

Meyer pointed to Camm's decision to attempt CPR on his son but not his daughter or wife, which Meyer said showed Camm's actions were staged.

He also questioned why Camm would rush into the house to use a phone when his cellphone was just feet away inside his truck and a possible assailant might be lurking inside the house.

 "He wasn't afraid of going into that house because there was nobody in that house -- the person who killed his family was him," Meyer said.

Camm's two previous convictions of killing his wife, 35-year-old Kim Camm, and their children, 7-year-old Bradley and 5-year-old Jill, were thrown out on appeal. His third trial was moved to Boone County, northwest of Indianapolis, because of pretrial publicity in southern Indiana, where the Camms lived in the Louisville, Ky., suburb of Georgetown.

Another man, Charles Boney, is serving a 225-year sentence for murder and conspiracy in the case. Prosecutors contend he conspired with Camm in the slayings.

Uliana said it was clear that Boney killed the family because of a palm print of his found on the car and bruises that Boney left of the bodies of Kim and Jill Camm after a struggle.

Boney, whose sweatshirt and DNA were found at the scene of the slayings, testified earlier in the trial that he visited Camm's home on the day of the shootings and sold him the gun that was used. He said he was outside when the shootings occurred and that Camm tried to also shoot him but the gun misfired. Boney said he then chased Camm into the garage and tripped over shoes, scraping his knee.

Blood stains and DNA evidence have been at the center of the case. Experts for the prosecution have said items such as microscopic bits of human tissue discovered on Camm's clothing proved he pulled the trigger, but the defense has attacked the credibility of those experts.

Stan Levco, the special prosecutor in the case, responded to Uliana's assertions by saying the defense's own roster of experts lacked credibility and contradicted themselves. Experts for the state, he said, have delivered consistent testimony for more than a decade now.

Jurors deliberated for an hour on Tuesday after closing arguments. Deliberations will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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