LEBANON, IN (WAVE) - A three-dimensional, precisely
measured visual re-creation indicated
the body of David Camm's wife, Kim Camm, was not moved after she was shot, and that
whoever killed their children was standing outside her Ford Bronco when they
opened fire – a crime scene reconstruction specialist told jurors Tuesday.
murder trial marks the first time Canadian engineer Eugenio Liscio
utilized a laser scanner and computer simulations to depict victims and a suspect
in a U.S. criminal case. But prosecutors
allege Liscio's choices of models
and scenarios seemed designed to pin the murders squarely and solely on Charles
Darnell Boney, the serial felon tied to the crimes after
Camm's first conviction was overturned. Boney is serving a 225-year sentence
for the killings.
think (the computer model representing) Kim looks white?" Special Prosecutor
Stan Levco asked.
she looks Indian," Liscio replied. "But
the shooter defiantly is Caucasian. It's a (computer-simulated) model that I use
depiction, the shooter appeared to have darker skin than his victims, wearing
long pants with a dark, striped short-sleeved shirt. Boney has conceded he wore similar garb
September 28, 2000. By contrast, Camm
was wearing a T-shirt, shorts, gym shoes
and socks when police responded to his Georgetown home after he reported
discovering the bodies.
scenarios also depicted the shooter's left hand near a spot on the Bronco where
investigators found a palm print, later identified as Boney's.
"He (the shooter in the model) looks darker, because of the shading in the default setting
of the lighting," Liscio testified. He
later told jurors that depicting the shooter as bracing himself against the
side of the Bronco is a very natural thing to do given what bullet trajectories tell him about
where the shooter likely stood.
he shot with his right hand - nobody suggested you do that?" Levco asked.
to demonstrate one possible scenario," Liscio said. "I just had to get the
message across for the reconstruction."
reconstruction incorporated crime scene photographs and measurements as
overlays to the panoramic images his Faro Focus 3D laser scanner created. His findings conflicted with conclusions prosecutors' specialists have drawn concerning the killings of Camm's
daughter Jill, 5, and son Bradley, 7.
makes it awkward for the shooter to have been inside the Bronco, Liscio told
jurors. Trajectories showed the
shooter inflicted Jill Camm's head wound by pointing the weapon downward at
more than a 30-degree angle. The
scenario also meant it was more likely the gun was in the killer's right
hand, Liscio added.
attended the re-creation crime scene specialist Barie Goetz devised
using a substitute Bronco and live re-enactors to depict Camm's version of
events. Both technicians omitted a backpack
found near Jill Camm's body in their scenarios.
relevant to my reconstruction," Liscio told prosecutors. Otherwise, he would
have expected to find a hole or some
other sign that the object impacting the bullets' paths or the killer's shooting position.
path and angle of entry indicated the gun muzzle was at least two feet away from
Kim Camm when her killer opened fire and the shooter was at least six
feet tall, Liscio concluded. Boney and David Camm both are six-footers.
Camm's feet offer Liscio key evidence her pants were removed before she was shot. "They're 10 inches underneath
the Bronco, " Liscio testified. "Either you'd have to be underneath the Bronco
to remove them or shift her legs bout a 90-degree angle (from where her body
bore signs of injury, but Liscio told jurors it was not likely they were
hurt when she fell after being shot. Nor, he said, do hairs caught in a button
on her pants suggest her killer moved her body or staged the crime scene. Such
testimony contradicts the conclusions of the prosecution's star witness;
reconstruction specialist Rod Englert.
"Can I say I
am absolutely certain (about these scenarios)? No, I wasn't there when it happened," Liscio
told prosecutors. "We can only base it on the evidence, and on the
Earlier, convicted murderer Michael West told jurors
he was certain that fellow murderer Jeremy Bullock was lying to them and to
jurors at Camm's second trial when he claimed Camm had confessed the
killings during a tattoo session at the Indiana State Penitentiary.
hated cops and was going to do whatever he could to get out," West said. "He was looking for a deal."
testified that he waited almost two years to reveal the confession, coming
forward after an appellate court overturned Camm's first conviction in 2004. A
judge shortened Bullock's sentenced following Camm's second conviction, and he
was released from prison on probation last year.
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.
Todd Meyer asked, "Aren't you
hoping that these lawyers (Camm's defense team) will take on your case?"
objections, West held fast to claims that he believes Camm to be innocent and said testifying on his behalf was "doing the right thing."
technician Kyle Brewer said he hoped he wasn't wrong when he testified in Camm's
second trial that he found blood on the telephone in Camm's kitchen.
among the civilian specialists New Albany Police assigned to help Indiana
State Police investigators gather information at the crime scene. He told jurors a bloody-stained shoe
print most likely was discovered near the overhead door on the right side of
Goetz testified that he couldn't determine where the print was, but that it
probably came off of Camm's right shoe, stepping in blood that had collected on
his wife's pants. Goetz theorize that Camm may have left the print while
running for help.
from a security firm representative appeared to bolster Camm's claim that he
never left the gym at Georgetown Community Church the night of the
murders, until all the weekly basketball
games were completed.
Mark Sturgill told jurors that company logs indicate 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. The same security code re-armed the motion
sensitive alarm at 9:22 p.m., Sturgill testified.
alarm was disarmed however, Camm or others would have been free to come and go
with no record of a departure or re-entry, Sturgill told prosecutors.
Sturgill said six days
after the murders, Sonitrol reset its clocks ahead one minute, to match the
time reference it uses at its home office in Lexington, Kentucky. "We use the (Lexington) police department
time checks," he explained.
At most, the
time discrepancy would be no more than 59 seconds, Sturgill told defense counsel
testimony was an effort to counter prosecutors' that the gap likely was longer;
possibly four minutes, between the time recorded for the ‘re-arming' of the
gym's security alarm and Camm's call to the ISP's Sellersburg post to report
his family's murders. That longer time
frame would have allowed Camm more opportunity to commit the crimes and
preserve his alibi.
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