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October 18, 2013

Closing arguments in Camm trial expected Monday

After nearly two months of testimony, work wrapping up.

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The Ford Bronco is also where police discovered a bloody handprint that wasn’t identified until years after the crime; it belonged to a serial felon named Charles Boney, who was arrested in 2005 when police re-opened their investigation after Camm’s first conviction was overturned.

Prosecutors say Boney, who is serving a 225-year sentence in the slayings, conspired with Camm to commit the murders. The defense says Boney acted alone.

Throughout the trial, jurors have heard contradictory testimony from forensic science experts, called by both sides, who’ve sought to undermine the other side’s experts.

Wednesday was no different. The prosecution’s Tom Bevel, a private forensic consultant from Oklahoma, reiterated his earlier testimony that the spots on Camm’s T-shirt was blood that splattered back from the gunshot to his daughter’s head.

The defense’s Barie Goetz, a private forensic consultant from Colorado, repeated his earlier testimony that the blood spots were transferred there when Camm brushed up against his daughter while attempting to lift his son out of the Ford Bronco.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors also heard direct testimony from Carl Sobieralski, a DNA analyst and supervisor at the Indiana State Police crime lab in Indianapolis.

Sobieralski was critical of a defense DNA analyst, Richard Eikelenboom of Holland, who’s testified that he found Boney’s DNA on the waistband of Kim Camm’s underwear. Eikelenboom has testified that the DNA evidence he found points to Boney as Kim Camm’s attacker.

But Sobieralski was critical of Eikelenboom’s methods, saying his Eikelenboom’s private crime lab in the Netherlands wouldn’t meet U.S. accreditation standards.

The cost of the Camm case has emerged an issue and has been noted through the trial by the judge, prosecution and defense. While the trial was moved to Boone County to avoid a jury tainted by pre-trial publicity, Floyd County is responsible for the trial’s cost, now at about $1 million. County officials have said the trial’s costs have contributed to the county’s $3.5 million budget shortfall this year.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI Statehouse Bureau. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

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