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David Camm's attorneys outline plans for third murder trial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Attorneys for David Camm outlined his defense during a pre-trial hearing this morning.

David Camm arrived at the Spencer County Courthouse in a bulletproof vest and handcuffs -- but his supporters are upbeat after today's hearing.

This was the first time Camm had appeared in public in some time.  He took a moment to smile at his family. At one point, he was seen talking to his attorneys and family members about a recent Indiana basketball game, and appeared to be in "good spirits," according to WDRB's Stephan Johnson.

Camm's attorneys plan to blame Charles Boney for the death of Camm's wife and children, and they want to challenge experts who would testify about blood spatter from the victims found on Camm's clothing.

Camm's uncle Sam Lockhart said Friday, "We're happy with the way things turned out.  And we're glad the judge is seeing some of the things the way we see it and the prosecutor did some admissions today that frankly kind of shocked me."

Today, defense attorneys and prosecutors took three motions before the judge.  They include retesting DNA evidence, deposing former prosecutors Keith Henderson and Steve Owen, and narrowing the scope of testimony from expert witnesses.  As Lockhart puts it, "We don't want someone to come in and purport to be a blood stain pattern analysis and now become a crime scene investigator."

Special Prosecutor Stan Levco said, "We're both going to be ordered to tell who our experts are and what they're going to say in some fashion."

Levco is relatively new to the case, so WDRB News asked him if his opinion about Camm's guilt has changed after delving into the case.  His response:  "It's unethical for a prosecutor to give his opinion about the case, so I am just going to prosecute the case the best I can.  I wouldn't be prosecuting if I didn't think he did it."

Camm faces a third trial for the murder, to be held in Lebanon, Ind., next year.  A judge in Rockport, Ind., is overseeing the case.

Indiana's Supreme Court threw out Camm's first two convictions.  A separate jury convicted Charles Boney of the crimes in 2006.

Boney was also under discussion in the courtroom.  His statements helped convict Camm in the second trial.  But at today's hearing both sides agreed he's neither trustworthy nor a credible witness.  Levco said, "Mr. Boney has given another of different statements so for them to say that you can't totally trust everything he says...I think is a reasonable thing to say."

As Camm left the courthouse, family members say it was important for him to be there today.  Lockhart said, "We knew this was going to be something important.  He wanted to be here to see it."

Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for January.  The third trial is scheduled to start in August of 2013.

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