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Camm prosecutors focus on validity of Touch DNA

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LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- David Camm was heard sighing Tuesday as he was led into the courthouse in Lebanon, Indiana for the final phase of his third murder trial.

Camm was twice convicted of killing his wife, Kim, and their two children, Kim and Brad, in the garage of their Georgetown home on September 28, 2000. Both convictions were overturned on appeal.

On Friday, the defense rested its case, and now the prosecution has a chance to call its rebuttal witnesses.

Prosecutors spent Tuesday morning picking apart the testimony given by one of the defense's star witnesses, Dr. Richard Eikelenboom, concerning "Touch DNA."

Last week, Eikelenboom testified that he found Charles Boney's DNA on Kim Camm's sweater and underwear, and Jill Camm's shirt.

On Tuesday, the prosecution's first rebuttal witness, Norah Rudin, a private DNA consultant who has testified in more than 50 trials, criticized Eikelenboom's findings because, she said, he used inappropriate quantities of DNA in his tests. She said his findings are impossible to interpret.

Rudin also criticized the DNA probability statistics Eikelenboom generated, calling them "faulty."

Rudin told the jury it is impossible to determine how, why or when DNA was placed on a sample from just the quantity of sample.

During a break defense attorney Richard Kammen argued that Rudin is far from a DNA expert, calling her nothing more than a lab technician.

At one point, Rudin asked Kammen how he wanted her to answer his question, and he replied "truthfully."

Special Prosecutor Stan Levco objected, and Kammen quickly apologized.

Out of jury's presence, Kammen told Judge Jonathan Dartt that he may have to recall Eikelenboom to refute some of what Rudin is saying, and he didn't think Floyd County -- which has already spent millions on the first two Camm trials -- would be happy about incurring the expense to fly Eikelenboom back in to testify.

Judge Dartt said he would allow Eikelenboom to testify, but hoped it could be accomplished via conference call rather than flying him back to Indiana from the Netherlands.

Click on the link below to read the final chapters of the defense's testimony before it rested its case, as blogged by WDRB Executive Web Producer Travis Kircher.


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