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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Prosecution asks for mistrial at start of David Camm trial" [Updated]

Grace Schneider reports for the LCJ early this afternoon:

LEBANON, IND. — Fireworks erupted at the start of David Camm’s third trial in the murder of his family when his lead defense lawyer mentioned the criminal history of another man serving a 225-year sentence in the killings.

Special Judge Jonathan Dartt angrily admonished Camm lawyer Richard Kammen for mentioning that Charles Boney, who is now in prison for the murders, had a foot fetish. The comment came during his opening statement and drew an immediate objection from Special Prosecutor Stan Levco.

“You could be looking at sanctions,” Dartt told Kammen after jurors were escorted from the courtroom.

Levco motioned for a mistrial before the court recessed for lunch, citing pre-trial orders from Dartt not to mention Boney’s prior criminal acts, including allegations that he had a foot fetish. Dartt ordered the parties to meet with him in chambers at 1:15 p.m. to discuss the matter before the afternoon session begins.

[Updated at 5:30 PM]
Eric Berman ‏@WIBC_EricBerman 40m
#Camm update [after lunch break]: no mistrial, as judge rules admonishment to jury enough. Testimony begins with bloody crime scene photos.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 22, 2013 02:29 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts