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Camm trial 10/1: Defense expert puts crime scene in 3-D

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David Camm arriving for court on October 1. David Camm arriving for court on October 1.
Kim, Bradley and Jill Camm (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Kim, Bradley and Jill Camm (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
Charles Boney Charles Boney

LEBANON, IN (WAVE) - The security alarm times couldn't be off by any more than a minute. A prison snitch had plenty of reasons to concoct David Camm's alleged confession. And jurors are seeing in 3-D how the murders of Camm's wife and their two young children may have occurred. To sum it up, the fifth morning of defense testimony has been an equal mix of technology and "he said-he said."

Mark Sturgill, a representative of Sonitrol, had to refer to notes from Camm's first trial to support his testimony concerning the status of the security alarm at Georgetown Community Church on September 28, 2000, the night of the murders.

Camm has maintained he was playing basketball, stretching, or talking to church members from the time the church gym was unlocked for its weekly pickup games, until those games ended about 2 ½ hours later.

Sturgill confirmed company logs show that whoever disarmed the gym's security alarm at 6:59 p.m. did so using the security code for Pastor Leland Lockhart, Camm's uncle. Sturgill also testified the same security code rearmed the motion sensitive alarm at 9:22 p.m. With the alarm disarmed, Sturgill told prosecutors that Camm or others would have been free to come and go with no record of a departure or re-entry.

Six days after the murders, Sturgill said Sonitrol reset its clocks ahead one minute, to match the time reference it uses at its home office in Lexington, KY. 

"We use the (Lexington) police department's (clocks)," he explained. "When their dispatchers announce a time dispatching a call, we check our clocks."

At most, Sturgill told defense counsel Richard Kammen the time discrepancy would be no more than 59 seconds. Sturgill's testimony likely was meant to counter claims by prosecutors of more length in the gap between the time recorded for the rearming of the gym's security alarm and Camm's call to the Indiana State Police Sellersburg post to report the murders of his family. A longer time gap would have allowed Camm more opportunity to commit the crimes.

Michael West, a convicted murderer, told jurors that another inmate was looking for a deal when he claimed that Camm had confessed to the killings.

"(Jeremy Bullock) hated cops, and was going to do whatever he could to get out," West said.

Bullock has testified that during a series of tattooing sessions in early 2002 Camm confessed to the murders. Bullock waited to come forward until after an appellate court overturned Camm's first convictions. He testified in Camm's second and third trials, and has been out of prison, on probation, since 2012. But prosecutors maintain West also has reason to lie; he's on his last appeal with no way to pay for an attorney. His sentence is life without parole, plus 20 years.

"Aren't you hoping that these lawyers (Camm's defense team) will take on your case?" prosecutor Todd Meyer asked.

Amid defense objections, West held fast to claims that he believes Camm to be innocent and that testifying on his behalf was "doing the right thing."

Camm's attorneys maintain that a laser can't lie. Eugenio Liscio, a crime scene reconstructionist, has recreated the Camm crime scene using a laser scanner to render precise 3-D images of Kim Camm's Bronco, the garage and the exteriors of Camm's home. Using crime scene photos and other evidence, Liscio has superimposed his 3D images to create a ‘precise depiction' of how the shootings could have occurred, Camm's team told jurors late Tuesday morning,

Based on the bullet's trajectory, and where Kim Camm's body was found, Liscio told jurors it is likely that she wasn't moved after she was shot.

"Her feet are ten inches under the Bronco," Liscio said.

He also said the right passenger door and the sides of the SUV may have impacted her fall.

Incorporating the physical evidence, Liscio has concluded that Kim was standing when she was shot, likely facing the rear passenger seat. 

"The shooter was aiming downward," Liscio said. 

According to Liscio, lack of gunshot residue around the wound indicates the shooter was standing at least two feet away from Kim when opening fire. He also said it's likely the shooter was at least 6' tall.

Both Camm, and Charles Darnell Boney, are six-footers. Boney was convicted of the Camm's murders in 2006. He is serving a 225 year sentence.

Camm's team has offered Liscio's 3-D illustrations as strictly a demonstrative exhibit. Liscio's illustration depicts the shooter of Kim Camm as dark-skinned and wearing long pants. Boney, who is African-American, has testified that he was wearing blue jeans over cargo pants when he delivered a handgun to Camm the night of the murders. Boney also has claimed that he heard Camm commit the crimes.

Camm was wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt when police responded to the crime scene. He surrendered that clothing to ISP. Investigators later used as evidence to charge him with the crimes.

So far, prosecutors have raised no objection to Liscio's depiction of the shooter. Defense questioning of Liscio continues this afternoon.

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