By Rod Rose The Lebanon Reporter
---- — David Camm, who was acquitted by a Boone County Jury on Oct. 24 of charges he killed his family on Sept. 28, 2000, is slowly rebuilding his life.
Camm’s third trial on murder charges in the death of his wife, Kim, and children Bradley and Jill, began Aug. 5; for nearly 13 weeks, downtown Lebanon was thronged by news media from southern Indiana and northern Kentucky; curious citizens and family members of Camm and his wife.
The jury deliberated only 10 hours. “This needs to be seen as a vindication of David,” co-defense counsel Richard Kammen said during a press conference on the south steps of the Boone County Courthouse. “I hope that the viewers, especially the people in southern Indiana, really understand that; this man has been innocent and has been wrongly accused for 13 years,” Kammen said.
In a Dec. 17 interview with Stephan Johnson, of WDRB-TV, Louisville, Camm described how he was adapting to life as a free man.“Thirteen years, man. Thirteen years,” Camm said. “It’s hard not to get up every morning and not be happy. That’s not to say there aren’t difficult times, and this has not been easy, man. It’s not. But it’s hard not to be grateful and try to make the best of every day. And I do that each and every day.”Camm now works with Investigating Innocence, a not-for-profit organization consisting of public and private investigators, attorneys, and private citizens. Camm is one of the organization’s featured cases.
The group “provides investigative support to indigent inmates, lawyers and Innocence Projects throughout the United States who seek to prove post-conviction claims of actual innocence,” according to its web site. “To help accomplish this goal, the organization is dedicated to training and educating its members to the highest standards in how to conduct post-conviction investigations.” The organization is supported by annual membership dues.
The story of Camm’s three trials was the subject of a Dec. 1 broadcast on the CBS show “48 Hours.”A juror, who declined to be identified, told CBS News Correspondent Richard Schlesinger that, “We all felt that he (the state police crime scene investigator) was definitely looking for evidence to support the conclusion he’d already come to and that’s not the way you should investigate a case.”Jill Camm’s parents, Frank and Janice Renn, still believe Camm is guilty.“This is all David…if something went wrong here...he had a backup plan,” Frank Renn told WHAS TV, Louisville, in a Nov. 4 interview. “Well he got away with murder.”Charles Boney on Jan. 26, 2006, was convicted of the murders; he was sentenced to 225 years in prison. During Camm’s third trial, Boney alleged that he gave Camm the murder weapon, a .380-caliber handgun.