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Monday, August 12, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Third trial of former Indiana trooper accused of killing family starts today"

Following on this ILB post from August 11th, Diana Penner has this lengthy story in this morning's Indianapolis Star. It begins:

As the third trial of former Indiana State Police Trooper David Camm begins today in Lebanon, far from his Southern Indiana home and the site where he is accused of killing his family, the taxpayers’ bill for the prosecutions is approaching $4 million.

The final figure depends partly on how long the third trial lasts, what the ruling is and whether an appeal follows.

Camm has twice been convicted of the September 2000 shooting deaths of his wife and two young children, but both judgments were overturned on appeal.

More on costs:
The known costs of the first two trials — largely for defense attorneys and expenditures — was about $2.5 million, said Scott L. Clark, Floyd County auditor. Tax money covered defense expenses but not legal fees in the second trial, but public funds are expected to cover all defense costs for the third trial because Camm’s family can no longer cover those bills.

Through late July, Scott said, actual costs for the third trial and estimated costs of housing judges, bailiffs, deputies and others in Boone County was about $1.3 million.

The amounts do not include most costs on the prosecution side, because those attorneys are “on the clock” and do not submit bills for specific cases, and much of their scientific tests are conducted at the Indiana State Police Crime Lab.

The Indiana Public Defender Commission reimburses Floyd County for 40 percent of defense costs. But the rest is paid by county taxpayers.

No one keeps an official comparison of trial costs, and the Camm prosecutions would be even more expensive if the state was seeking the death penalty. That potential sentence would have required additional defense attorneys with death penalty experience.

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.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 12, 2013 09:40 AM
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