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Camm trial opening statements set for Thursday

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LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Friday was day five in the third murder trial for David Camm, and attorneys have agreed on 11 potential jurors.  Opening statements in the case are expected to start on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Both sides will resume questioning potential jurors Monday morning, as they still need to select seven alternates and one more juror. One juror who was dismissed, Jarrett Gaddis, told WDRB News, "I'm right out of high school, so I have nothing better to do. But then I realized how long it was going to take, and, like how important it was, and after that I was, like, I don't want to do it anymore."

Meanwhile, David Camm was escorted into the Boone County Courthouse again in a shirt and tie Friday morning, rather than the jail-issued jumpsuit we've seen him in for the last few years.

He's accused of killing his wife and two children in the garage of their Georgetown home in September of 2000.  Both convictions have been overturned, and during the second trial Charles Boney was also named as a suspect and eventually convicted.

According to WDRB Executive Web Producer Travis Kircher, there was a testy verbal exchange in the courtroom Friday when special prosecutor Stan Levco asked prospective jurors: "Do you think it is possible to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt but not convinced beyond ANY doubt that David Camm is guilty, and if so, could you convict him based on that?

That's when Kircher says a couple of prospective jurors replied, "Yes," while others said, "No," but Kircher says "defense attorney Richard Kammen was not happy with that question."

Kammen accused the prosecution of using trick questions, but ultimately allowed the prosecution to continue questioning.

Gaddis said he was surprised to make it as far as he did in jury selection: "This is the second cut, so they've already made a bunch of cuts to begin with, and I was surprised I even made it past the first cut."

The witness list in the case is long. It includes Charles Boney, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen, both prosecutors from the second trial, former Floyd County Prosecutor Stan Faith, who prosecuted the first trial, and Katherine Liell, Camm's former attorney. 

Kircher said, "It's like they're calling the prosecutions from the two prior trials. I know that in the past, the defense's claim has been that it was a botched investigation, that there were overzealous prosecutors, so this could be how they plan to make that case."

Some jurors were concerned about the images they might see during the trial, especially those of the victims taken immediately after the crime.

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