More blood spatter questions in Camm trial
LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Prosecutors in David Camm's third murder trial continued questioning experts about blood spatter. On Wednesday, the focus was on tiny droplets of blood found on Camm's clothing.
Camm, a former Indiana State Trooper, was twice convicted of killing his wife, Kim, and their children, Brad and Jill, on September 28, 2000. Both convictions were overturned on appeal. A second suspect, Charles Boney, was found guilty in 2006, and is serving a 225-year sentence.
According to the latest prosecution witness, Tom Bevel, the shirt Camm was wearing the night of the murders is covered in tiny specks of blood.
Bevel says he spent four hours examining Camm's T-shirt alone. He says the blood found on the T-shirt was spatter, not blood that would have been transferred if Camm touched any of the victims (Camm has testified that he tried to revive his son).
He concluded that the stains, shape, size and pattern across the shirt indicated that the person wearing the shirt was within range of a gunshot. The prosecution showed photos of blood spatter in the car where the victims were found and compared them to pictures of spatter on Camm's shirt in an effort to further prove that the blood on the shirt came from being in close range to a gunshot.
The prosecution presented evidence that showed the spatter on the shirt was similar in appearance to that of the car where the family was shot. The defense, however, pointed out the differing material of the blood-stained car parts and Camm's blood-stained cotton and polyester shirt, and how the materials may absorb blood differently.
Bevel also testified he believes Kim Camm's body was moved before first responders arrived. Bevel told jurors he reached that conclusion because some of the hair from Kim's head hair was found in a button on her pants.
Bevel said another reason he believe Kim's body was moved was because her hand had blood on it, even though it wasn't injured and was not close to a source of blood.
Defense attorneys requested a mistrial for a second day in a row when the prosecutor asked Bevel if he thought Kim's injuries were consistent with domestic violence. The defense immediately objected, saying there has never been signs or proof of domestic violence.
"Well, there's no limit on the number of motions they can make for a mistrial," said prosecutor Stan Levco. "They can ask for one on every question I ask if they want to."
Judge Jonathan Dartt denied the request, but made it clear to the jury that there was no history of domestic violence in the Camm family.
Levco said, "The only way it would have a meaning is if the judge were to grant it, and obviously the judge didn't, and I don't think they were close calls."
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