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It's costing taxpayers money yet some say the David Camm trial is good for business.
A chime on the door welcomes visitors to the Fig Tree Cafe in Lebanon, Indiana. The town's population is just 15,715 according to the United States Census bureau. It's the kind of community where business owners recognize their customer's faces and treat them like family. Fig Tree owner Bethany Deaton said in the last 8 weeks it's all she and her husband Levi can do to keep all the new faces and the new order straight. Laughing as she rushed to deliver an order she said, "He's (Levi) the one who remembers their sandwiches not me."
The Deaton's said Fig Tree sales soared when the David Camm trial moved in across the street at the Boone County Courthouse. September numbers jumped 60 percent from a year ago. Bethany Deaton said, "I was able to order more product to put on our shelves for Christmas time because I had more sales."
It's also hard to find a seat across the street at Cowan's Cubbard.The family run restaurant reports a 30 percent surge in the last two months. Pete Dean works the register while his sister Brenda Kinslow cooks in the kitchen. Dean said, "The prosecution team and the defense team they all come in here." Kinslow said, "It is wonderful for our business and we're finally getting some bills paid."
Lawyers and experts witnesses fill the town, a host of media and family from both sides of the case. The population's inflated but everyone doesn't benefit. "There wasn't the foot traffic that would have been nice, " said Balloon World and Coffee House Owner Jean Isenhower." Her business sits next door to Cowan's Cubbard.
David Camm has cost Floyd County taxpayers two million dollars and counting. The third trail for the man accused of killing his wife and two children moved to Lebanon to find a impartial jury. As the case comes to an end Brenda said she'd give back the business. "It's kind of hard on us because we've gotten to know the Camm family really well. I haven't gotten to know the other side but my brother has so you know." As her voice began to trail, WDRB's Gilbert Corsey asked, " Would you trade in the money to take back the tragedy? She said, "I would because I feel so sorry for them and I'd give it all back, all back."
Camm's defense rested Friday. The trial will resume Tuesday with rebuttal witnesses. Closing arguments will follow before the case goes to the jury.