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David Camm's father won't attend third trial

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The man who stood behind David Camm through two murder trials will not be there for him the third time around.

WDRB News recently sat down with Camm's father, Donald, who explained why he has no plans to attend his son's latest trial. 

Donald Camm believes his son is innocent; however, he is elderly and in poor health. He also believes a big breakthrough will clear his son in the murders of his family.

For the past 13 years his family name has dominated local news.

"It's not pleasant to walk around the street and you know people are looking at you," Donald Camm said. ""You feel a certain degree of hate."

Donald Camm's son is one of Kentuckiana's most notorious accused killers. He says, "And ah, you know well, that's one of them Camms. You know what he is. His brother's a killer or his son is a killer."

David Camm has twice been convicted of killing his wife Kim and children Brad and Jill in the garage of the family's Georgetown home in September of 2000. That's despite testimony from 10 men who swore he was playing basketball at a church gym when his family was murdered.

Camm says "I sat right behind Dave every day." Donald Camm was there for both of his son's first two trials. "And it takes a lot out of you...completely, it's wears you down."

But the 82-year-old doesn't think he will be able to endure a third trial, which has been moved northwest of Indianapolis to Lebanon, Indiana because of media attention.

"There's mornings that I get up that I just don't feel like that there's no way I can be up there," Donald Camm said.

Both of David Camm's convictions have been overturned by higher courts, but he has remained behind bars while waiting for his third trial.  And the elder Camm says his son is NOT the only one serving hard time. 

"We're all in jail to a degree," Donald Camm said, adding: "We're in jail due to association, because our name is Camm."

Whether it's in public or even during a recent hospital stay. 

"Are you any relation to that Don Camm, or that David Camm?" Camm says he was asked.

And once the connection is made, Donald Camm says things change. "She turned and hightailed it out of there and I never seen her the rest of the shift."

But Camm says despite the reaction, his answer is always the same: "You're damn right and I am proud of it."

And that's mainly because from day one, he has always believed his son was innocent.

"He is my son and I'll love him until the day I die but if I thought he hurt them people like that, I would have called the police."

During Camm's second trial, DNA from a sweatshirt, found at the scene, helped connect Charles Boney to the murders.

"When they discovered Charles Boney's DNA," says Julie Blankenbaker, Camm's sister.

She says, "When I got the phone call and learned that they have a name, they have a person etc., yeah I thought this is it, this is it, it's all going to change, it's over."

Instead, prosecutors connected Camm and Boney and eventually won a conviction against both. 

Blankenbaker believes new technology admitted in Camm's third trial will help acquit him. Touch DNA allows testing on very small pieces of evidence, and she thinks it will show Boney acted alone.

"We now know he touched Jill, he touched Kim, he touched Kim's underwear, he was all over that scene," says Blankenbaker. 

During Camm's first trial, the prosecution brought in several women who claimed to have affairs with the former state trooper.

Blankenbaker says, "We know that happened, as a family we knew when that happened, that was years before the murders."

Family members say not only had David and Kim repaired their marriage but even claim the couple was considering a third child.

Blankenbaker says, "I'm not proud of my brother for having had those behaviors, does that make him a murderer? Absolutely not."

Meanwhile, opening statements are expected to start Thursday morning. Both Camm and Blankenbaker are hoping for--even expecting a different outcome.

"I don't see how it can't," says Blankenbaker.

Donald Camm says, "Down deep in my heart, I expect him to come home."

David Camm's mother is also in poor health and in a nursing home. 

The family of Kim Camm still believes he is guilty. Soon it will be up to a jury to decide who is right.

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