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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ind. Courts - "Supreme Court hears appeal of ex-trooper's murder convictions"

Two stories now have been posted on this morning's oral arguments in the David Camm murder appeal.

Bryan Corbin of the Evansville Courier & Press wrote this report -- some quotes:

Lawyers this morning have finished making their arguments to the Indiana Supreme Court as to whether or not a former State Police trooper convicted of killing his family should receive a third trial.

A Warrick County jury two years ago convicted David Camm of triple murder in the slayings of his wife Kim Camm, 35, son Bradley Camm, 7, and daughter Jill Camm, 5, in their Southern Indiana home in September 2000.

Camm, a former state trooper, was sentenced to 195 years in prison. He is appealing his convictions, and this morning the five-member state Supreme Court heard arguments on the case from lawyers for Camm and the prosecution.

It could take one year for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling in the case. In the meantime, Camm remains in prison. His co-defendant who was convicted in a separate trial, Charles Boney, is serving 225 years. The defense contends Boney acted alone and that Camm had an alibi; the prosecution contended Camm and Boney acted together to kill Camm's family.

Camm was not in the supreme court's courtroom today, but television news cameras were. Although cameras normally are not permitted in Indiana courtrooms except as part of a limited pilot project, the supreme court does allow its proceedings to be photographed.

Rick Callahan of the AP has this report, that begins:
An attorney for a former state trooper convicted of murdering his wife and two young children told the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday that his conviction should be overturned because the judge who presided over the trial committed numerous errors.

Stacey Uliana, an attorney for David Camm, told the five justices during oral arguments in Camm’s appeal that, among other things, the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to claim during the 2006 trial that he had molested his daughter shortly before her slaying.

For more, start with this ILB entry.

[More] Ed Feigenbaum of Indiana Daily Insight wrote earlier today:

To give you an idea of the regional and national interest in this case, CBS's 48 Hours will provide the main pool camera, and WHAS-11 (ABC Louisville) will have the second spot inside the courtroom and provide a secondary pool feed as well. Two still news cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom to provide pool photographs to any news organizations present at the courtroom. One spot will be reserved for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 22, 2008 03:35 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions