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Monday, August 12, 2013

Ind. Courts - “I don’t know of any other murder cases going to a third trial”

This ILB post earlier this morning included this quote from the Indianapolis Star:

Still, the Camm case appears to be unprecedented in its repetition.

“I don’t know of any other murder cases going to a third trial,” said Larry Landis, executive director of the Indiana Public Defenders Council.

However, a reader has sent a note stating:
St. Joseph County prosecutors tried Christopher Allen three times for the 1990 homicides of three people at an Osco drug store.

First jury was hung. The second convicted, but the COA reversed. Third jury also hung.

The ILB has looked in up and sure enough, here is a Dec. 20, 2006 post quoting a story at the time that:
Prosecutors have decided that Christopher Allen will not be tried for a fourth time in connection with the 1990 robbery and triple murder at the Osco on Western Avenue.

According to special prosecutor Michael McAlexander, “there aren't a lot of surprises in this after this amount of time, the witnesses have been called at least, most of them five times under oath.

And from another 2006 story quoted:
The three trials have cost nearly $600,000. That was also a factor in Wednesday’s decision, although not the deciding factor.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 12, 2013 12:45 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts