Camm family murders: 10 years later

Kim Camm (Source: family photo)
Kim Camm (Source: family photo)
Brad Camm (Source: family photo)
Brad Camm (Source: family photo)
Jill Camm (source: family photo)
Jill Camm (source: family photo)

Louisville, KY - By Janelle MacDonald - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been ten years since the Camm family murders and there is still no closure for anyone involved in the case. David Camm faces a third trial; Kim Camm's family faces another fight for what they consider justice.

When the news broke on a Thursday night, September 28, 2000, that most of a family had been murdered in the garage of their Georgetown, Indiana home, few could have guessed where we are today. No one could have predicted the turns this case has taken and has yet to take.

Three days after his family was killed, David Camm pleaded for the killer to turn himself in.

"What you did was such an irrational, ridiculous, ludicrous demonstrative satanic thing.  You can not live with that guilt," he said after a church service on October 1, 2000.

He was arrested the next day and charged with killing his family but after ten years, two trials, two convictions, two reversals and a surprise second suspect -- Charles Boney, who's now serving a 225-year sentence -- exactly what happened to Kim and the kids is still unknown.  It won't be known until after David Camm faces trial for a seemingly unbelievable third time.

University of Louisville criminal law professor Luke Milligan says it's not unprecedented.

"Even in Indiana, we've had cases in the last few years that there's been two mistrials and we move on to a third," Milligan said.

Milligan says this time though, it will be tougher for the prosecution, which has lost key parts of its case. The Indiana Supreme Court has now told prosecutors not to bring up the evidence they say proves Camm's motive -- David Camm's affairs and accusations he molested Jill Camm.

"It does become riskier," Milligan said. "If you think of this evidence, it's sort of a brick. Each evidence is a brick and the jury is asked to stack the bricks up and eventually it gets high enough that a conviction is warranted and so we've got some significant items of evidence that are not going to be considered on this third trial."

After so much time, and so much money, many are growing frustrated with this case that never seems to end but both David and Kim Camm's families won't be satisfied until they find the justice they seek.

"Some people say is it really worth it? Should we do a third round?" Milligan said. "My question to those people is what is the benefit of justice for the people of Floyd County? We have a murder. The state thinks they've got their man. What's it worth to bring justice to this murder?"

Milligan also says the blame for the two mistrials lies with the trial court judges, who allowed that evidence into trials number one and number two.

"It's the trial judges who screwed up and it's a two million dollar price tag for Floyd County," said Milligan. "The moral of the story is you better think twice about who you vote for for trial judge. It just might bankrupt your county."

Much of this last year, David Camm has spent waiting for the process to get started on his next trial. That won't happen until the end of November, when a hearing is scheduled on a defense request to have prosecutor Keith Henderson thrown off the case. Defense attorneys say he has a conflict of interest because he made a deal to write a book on the case shortly after camm's second conviction.

According to their attorney, Kim Camm's family spent the tenth anniversary privately, remembering their lost loved ones.

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