NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Everyone who thought the David Camm case was over when he was cleared of his family's murders in October is finding out that's not exactly the case.
Camm's name has been in the news since September 28, 2000, the day he came home to find his wife, Kim, and children, Bradley and Jill, shot to death in the garage of their Georgetown, Indiana home. Twice convicted, Camm had both of those convictions thrown out before a jury in Lebanon, Indiana found him not guilty in the fall.
But the price of justice has not yet been paid. Our news gathering partner the News & Tribune reported there was still $659,000 in bills yet to be paid by Floyd County for the Camm trial as of mid-January, with all but $51,800 owed to the defense.
In a motion filed January 17, Camm's attorneys said all bills were paid prior to Camm being found not guilty, but after he was acquitted, the Floyd County Auditor began a pattern of avoiding and withholding payment.
WAVE 3 News has covered the County Auditor's questioning of the receipts submitted to the county for reimbursement in the past. In November, Auditor Scott Clark told us he was questioning $90,000 worth of bills for hotel rooms, office supplies and what appeared to be an extra attorney.
Now he will be making those arguments in court. Because of that he can no longer discuss the case, on the advice of his attorney. Floyd County Council President Jim Wathen can. "Everybody is due their day in court. We know that," Wathen said. "We know that it was Floyd County's responsibility to pay for a public defender. We want to know what we should pay, what we're supposed to pay, we want to pay it and move on."
Wathen said it's not just the Camm case. Because of little breathing room in the budget, all expenses are getting more scrutiny.
Clark has been ordered to appear in court in late February to show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt for not paying the bills owed. The County Council hired Greg Reger to represent him.
Wathen said if Judge Jon Dartt orders the county to pay the full outstanding amount, the county does have the cash on hand to do so. However, he said then other parts of the county budget must be moved around.
The bodies of David Camm's his wife and their two young children were found in their Georgetown, Indiana home on September 28, 2000. More >>
The bodies of David Camm's his wife and their two young children were found in their Georgetown, Indiana home on September 28, 2000. Camm was convicted of the murders twice; both convictions were overturned. During his third trial a jury found him not guilty.More >>
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