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David Camm walks out of courthouse a free man after acquittal

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Camm left the Boone County Courthouse in Indiana Thursday afternoon flanked by security. Camm left the Boone County Courthouse in Indiana Thursday afternoon flanked by security.

LEBANON, IN (WAVE) - David Camm walked out of the Boone County Courthouse a free man Thursday afternoon, one hour after jurors found him not guilty of murdering his family in September 2000. It was Camm's third trial in the case, and the only one in which he was acquitted.

Camm, 49, a former Indiana state trooper, was convicted in 2002 and 2005 of murdering his wife Kim Camm, 35, and the couple's children, 7-year-old Bradley Camm and 5-year-old Jill Camm, at the family's home in Georgetown, Indiana. The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the first conviction, citing witnesses who were called to the stand but not adequately tied by the prosecution to the murders. The Indiana Supreme Court overturned the second conviction based on a comment by prosecutor Keith Henderson during closing arguments about genital injuries Jill Camm had suffered. Henderson argued that Camm had molested his daughter, but the state's high court ruled the comment unfairly biased the jury because no evidence was presented connecting the girl's injuries to her father.

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A jury of eight women and four men listened to eight weeks of testimony and deliberated about ten hours over three days before acquitting Camm in this third trial.

"That is nothing more than complete vindication of David Camm, and I hope that the viewers, especially the people in southern Indiana, really understand that," said defense attorney David Kammen. "This man has been innocent and has been wrongly accused for 13 years."

Charles Boney is serving a 225-year prison sentence after he was convicted of the Camm family murders in late 2005. More than four years after the killings, DNA tied Boney to the crimes.

During this latest trial, Boney testified that he provided Camm with an untraceable gun on the night of the murders and was outside the garage at the Camm's home when David Camm fired the shots that killed his family.

Camm has maintained that he was at his church playing basketball at the time his family was killed. He contends Boney or someone else committed the murders.

"I thought it was going to be a guilty verdict," said prosecutor Stan Levco after Camm was acquitted. Levco cited Boney's testimony and the introduction of touch DNA evidence as two critical elements that differentiated this trial from Camm's previous trials, likely contributing to the not guilty verdict. BBoney had not been linked to the case by the time Camm's first trial was held, and he did not testify during Camm's second trial.

Touch DNA findings showed that Boney left his DNA on Kim Camm's sweater-blouse and underwear and Jill Camm's shirt. Touch DNA is a method of analyzing DNA that requires a very small sample, such as from skin cells left on an object after it has been touched. It was a key element of Camm's defense in this trial.

Camm attorney Kammen said a "lack of evidence" caused the case to go his client's way. "Once you get away from all the superfluous stuff that infected the first two trials, there really was no evidence," Kammen said. "And then you add to that the DNA, and, you know, Charles Boney killed these people, and the evidence of that is overwhelming and conclusive."

Defense attorney Stacy Uliana defined "superfluous stuff" as "the sensational stuff that really had nothing to do with the case." Kammen described it as "the reasons the cases were reversed twice."

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