(NEW ALBANY, Ind., November 23, 2004) -- After days of wrangling, both sides in the murder trial of former Indiana state trooper David Camm have agreed on a location for the case. WAVE 3's Janelle MacDonald tells us why the new location works for everyone involved.
David Camm's first trial was held in Floyd County because that's where the murders occurred. But his defense attorneys wanted his second trial moved because of so much publicity surrounding the case.
Judge Terrence Cody has now decided the new trial will be held in Boonville in Warrick County, two hours down Interstate 64 to the west, near Evansville.
Prosecutor Keith Henderson says, "it was important to me to keep the case in Southern Indiana because we're in Southern Indiana and I think that needs to be the makeup of the jury."
What the jury will likely not include is a lot of minorities; Warrick County is more than 97 percent white. That was a concern to defense attorney Kitty Liell. But she told WAVE 3 by phone from Bloomington that the area does have a diverse socio-economic population and she's happy with the choice.
Henderson says that's not all that makes the location attractive: "Anytime we go outside of the county, we're interested in talking with fellow prosecutors: reputations of courts, facilities, distance -- so all those things we're an issue."
Both sides agree that David Camm could not get a fair trial in Floyd County so a move was needed.
"I believe it is when there's been such overriding publicity, that it would be difficult in this surrounding area to get a jury that knew a lot about the case and had probably made up their minds in many cases," Henderson said.
Floyd County Judge Terrence Cody will now officially transfer the case. Everything will be copied and sent to Judge Robert Aylsworth. That will move the entire case to Warrick County, meaning all motions must be filed there.
Henderson says a lot of that can be taken care of by mail, but everyone will have to make the trip for hearings and other meetings -- and eventually, the trial.
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