Friday, August 23, 2013
Ind. Courts - "Prosecutor: Blood spatter remain crucial evidence that Camm killed family"
Here is Grace Schneider's final wrap-up for the Louisville Courier-Journal of yesterday's proceeding in the David Camm murder trial. Some quotes:
The first day of testimony in front of the 12 jurors and seven alternates featured unexpected fireworks when Camm’s lawyer, Richard Kammen, said during his opening statement that Boney was the killer, and that his criminal past involved a foot fetish.A sidebar gives "a look at witnesses, in order, who testified on the opening day of the trial."
Earlier this summer, Special Judge Jon Dartt had ruled that Boney’s criminal predilections couldn’t be admitted during the third trial. The judge lashed out at Kammen for “crossing the line,” but he denied a prosecution motion for a mistrial. * * *
The horror of the murders hit home for the courtroom audience when James Niemeyer, a now-retired Indiana State Police crime scene technician, took the stand and the prosecution showed a video he’d taken of the murder scene.
The camera showed images of Kim Camm, lying awkwardly on the garage floor, blood pooled near her head. The couple’s son, Bradley, lay near his mother's body. Jill lay slumped over the rear seat of her mother’s Ford Bronco, still strapped in her seat belt. * * *
Niemeyer, who was the third witness called by the prosecution, is expected to continue testifying Friday about his work at the crime scene. Uliana asked Niemeyer several questions about working with Robert Stites, a technician sent to process blood and other evidence from the murders by Portland, Ore.-based forensics expert Rod Englert.
Niemeyer acknowledged during the cross-examination that he resented that other technicians besides the state police were assigned to the scene and he thought Stites was unprofessional. But he said when he’d complained to a superior about Stites, the supervisor told him to stop complaining and get back to work, Neimeyer recalled.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 23, 2013 10:21 AM
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