David Camm hired by advocacy group for wrongly convicted
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Private investigator Bill Clutter says it was during a recent meeting over coffee with David Camm in Old Louisville that he asked the now free man to come work for "Investigating Innocence" -- a non-profit organization Clutter formed to help the wrongly convicted.
"And if anybody is most suited for this position it would be David Camm," Clutter said during an interview Sunday with WDRB News. "He was ecstatic. This is something that - his heart is in it. And we couldn't ask for a more eloquent advocate for those who have been wrongfully convicted."
Camm, whose two previous murder convictions were overturned on appeal, was acquitted in late October for the shooting deaths of his wife Kim and children Brad and Jill - a triple murder that occurred at the Camm family home on September 28, 2000. Charles Boney, a convicted felon whose sweatshirt and palm print were found at the Camm house, was later convicted of the murders.
Camm's new position, as the group's case coordinator, will be unpaid until the organization secures grant money or finds private donors, Clutter said. Clutter, a private investigator, previously formed the Illinois Innocence Project in 2001 and has worked with Camm's defense team. Clutter formed this non-profit organization in February. He has not achieved 501(c)3 status because "the wheels of the federal government turn slowly," he said.
"David Camm is unique because he does have 10 years of law enforcement experience. So he has worked on that side of the law. He also has experience of being wrongfully convicted and having served 13 years for a crime he didn't commit."
Kim Camm's father Frank Renn told WDRB News Sunday he still thinks Camm, a one-time Indiana state trooper, is guilty.
"I think he's trying to put on act for somebody," Renn said.
On his public Facebook page, David Camm wrote this week about enjoying Thanksgiving with his family members for the first time in 13 years. In a post, he thanked his loved ones, attorneys and the jury.
The statement read in part:
"... For me, my memories carry me forward with a great appreciation for the blessings I have known in the past. Kim, Brad and Jill are a part of me and I honor them by being the best person I can possibly be and by making the most of my life and by trying to have a positive effect on all those I may encounter.
So I give thanks on this Thanksgiving Day, as I recognize the gift of Freedom that a gracious God has given me. I'm thankful for steadfast family, unwavering friends and for a legal team that proved to be second to none..."
Clutter says Camm's position will allow him to work with students, some of whom studied his case; and by sharing his experience, Clutter says, Camm will be able to benefit others in similar situations.
"He's agreed right now to come on on a pro bono basis until we generate revenue to fund his position," Clutter said. "He's looking to turn this into something meaningful and I think this provides that opportunity."
Clutter says they have a meeting set up next week with an Indiana University professor to discuss strategy and potential donors who could pay Camm for his work.
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