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Former crime scene technician says he thought Camm was guilty from the beginning

Posted: Updated: Aug 23, 2013 04:45 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- A retired crime scene technician testified Friday that he thought accused killer David Camm was guilty even before he took his first pictures or collected any other evidence from the scene.

James Niemeyer, a retired crime scene technical supervisor with Indiana State Police, said he never stated that opinion out loud. 

Camm attorney Stacy Uliana pointed out what he called inconsistencies in evidence pictures taken from the Ford Bronco in which Camm's family was discovered, and also asked about the discovery of a palm print belonging to Charles Boney, the man convicted of the murders in 2006.  Uliana asked Niemeyer, "You hit a home run, didn't you?" 

Niemeyer responded matter-of-factly, saying only that he had found and lifted the print.  He also said that police had lost track of a sweatshirt from the crime scene, from inside the Bronco, later linked to Charles Boney.  Apparently, he said, it had been placed in the body bag with Brad Camm and taken to the autopsy. 

Niemeyer told jurors it wasn't clear what happened to it after that, but it was discovered later in the days just before Camm's second trial. 

DNA from that sweatshirt eventually led to the arrest of Charles Boney.  Prosecutor Levco says, "The blood spatter -- I'm not sure we'll get to that.  Maybe sometime in the middle of next week or later next week."

Camm is accused of killing his wife and two children in the garage of their home in Georgetown, Indiana in September of 2000. He has been convicted twice, but those convictions were overturned by higher courts.

The prosecution expects to take until Sept. 3 to present its case.  "We're not going to finish this week," Prosecutor Stan Levco said Friday.  "So we've got full days all four days and I'm sure we'll go into the week after, at least."

On Thursday, the jury saw graphic photos of the victims -- Camm's wife, Kim, and their two children, Brad and Jill. Jurors also heard the call the former state trooper made to the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg on Sept. 28, 2000, the night his family was killed.

Special prosecutor Stan Levco made a motion for a mistrial after opening statements because he objected to remarks Camm's attorney, Richard Kammen made during his opening statements.

WDRB Executive Producer Chris Turner and Web Producer Travis Kircher will have continuing coverage of today's proceedings throughout the day.

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