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David Camm's name surfaces in southern Ind. jury selection

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Once again, a Southern Indiana jury finds itself answering questions about David Camm.

The Floyd County man who was recently acquitted of killing his wife and two children became part of a Harrison County child molestation trial when Prosecutor Otto Schalk asked potential jurors if they thought the Camm jury, "Got it right."

Leo John Conley is charged with 19 counts of felony child molestation. Police say Conley sexually abused two young girls between 2003 and 2011 in his New Salisbury, Ind. home. He's pleaded not guilty to all charges.

"Whenever you hear the words 'child molesting,' it makes you cringe," said Schalk. "It's one of those inherit crimes that has a cringe factor to it."

Camm's name came up during voir dire for the Conley case. Schalk asked 14 potential jurors if they'd heard of the David Camm case, and whether they believed the jury made a mistake.

Amy Carlisle, one of the jurors who was dismissed, wasn't the only one put off by the question.

"He just asked if we thought he was guilty or innocent, and I think it was a unanimous guilty," Carlisle said. "I wasn't expecting him to ask about another totally different case."

Schalk defended the question. He said,"We, a lot of times, talk about high-profile cases: George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony or David Camm. For us as prosecutors, that's a valuable tool to try to get inside the mind of what a juror is thinking, or how they feel about an issue." He said he wants to make sure the jury that gets seated knows the difference between not guilty and innocent.

Schalk says the victims are cousins and related to Conley by marriage. The victims are 14 and 17 years old now.

Twelve jury members will be selected, plus one alternate. Opening statements are expected Tuesday  and the trial is expected to last through Friday. Whoever makes the jury will have to watch the teens testify. Schalk said they will take the witness stand.

Conley is also expected to speak in his own defense. His defense team declined to comment for this report.  If convicted, Conley faces 20-50 years in prison for each child molestation charge.

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