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LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Some tough questions are being asked in David Camm's third trial even before testimony begins.
On Monday, potential jurors were on the hot seat, and attorneys on both sides have been asking tough questions as they try to pick 12 people who will hear David Camm's third murder trial.
One rejected juror said he already had strong opinions on the case: "It seems a lot of money's already been put into this from Floyd County," said Jon Silverberg, who was one potential juror who was dismissed after the judge and attorneys spoke to him. "I kind of lost track of the second (trial)," he said. "Because, you know, he was convicted, then that was overturned, and I thought...it's just a couple of technicalities in a row...I mean the fact that I thought he was guilty probably didn't help."
Camm was brought into the Boone County Courthouse in Lebanon, Indiana just before 9 a.m. He wore a shirt and tie rather than the usual jail jumpsuit. Once inside the courtroom, lawyers on both sides began to quiz about 150 potential jurors.
Camm is a former Indiana state trooper accused of killing his wife and two children in the garage of their Georgetown, Ind. home in September of 2000. He has been convicted twice, but both convictions have been overturned by higher courts.
During the second trial, Charles Boney was named as a suspect and eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer has been preparing for months for this case, helping out the special prosecutor. He told WDRB News on Friday he can't predict the outcome, but he feels confident Camm will receive a fair trial: "It's one of the main reasons Boone County was selected, to get outside of the media market, where people don't know about the case and its history."
Jury selection is expected to last for several days. Perhaps the first big win went to the defense. On Friday, the judge ruled that he would allow Touch DNA technology to be used in this case. The defense believes that will show that Boney killed Camm's family and that Camm was not involved.
Also, the defense brought in a jury consultant who will help pick and strike jurors in this case. Jury selection is expected to last at least a week.