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October 11, 2013

Costs central theme again in Camm trial

Bill of Dutch DNA specialist questioned.

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Much of Wednesday was spent by lead prosecutor Stan Levco, a special prosecutor appointed to the case, in the cross-examination of Eikelenboom, a “touch DNA” expert who’s testified in several high-profile cases since moving to Colorado in 2009 from the Netherlands.

On Tuesday, Eikelenboom gave a densely detailed account of the science of DNA, and how the DNA tests he ran on clothing found at the crime scene pointed away from David Camm and toward Charles Boney, who’s already been convicted of conspiring with Camm to murder Kimberly Camm and her children. The defense contends Boney acted alone.

Levco pushed Eikelenboom to admit his private forensic lab in Colorado has yet to be accredited by U.S. officials that oversee crime labs. Eikelenboom’s lab in the Netherlands, which he still maintains, is accredited by the organization that oversees European labs.

Levco also questioned Eikelenboom about his earlier testimony that he found partial DNA profiles matching that of Boney on Kimberly Camm’s sweater and underwear. He asked Eikelenboom, who’s been critical of the initial investigation, if his DNA test results could have occurred because evidence had been “contaminated” by investigators who didn’t follow proper procedures.

“It’s possible,” Eikelenboom said. “But it’s not so likely.”

Dunn, the defense’s investigator, spent much of his time on the stand talking about the extensive phone records collected by police in the case who were looking for a connection between Camm and Boney, a serial felon with a history of violence against women. Dunn said he scoured the phone records, including multiple cell phones used by Boney as well as pay phones located near a grocery store where Boney said he’d met Camm prior to the murders.

“I never saw a connection,” Dunn said.

Outside the presence of the jury, Kammen said Dunn had also found phone records that showed Boney had made $1,000 worth of calls to a phone sex line in the weeks leading up to his arrest, in March 2005, after Indiana State Police identified Boney’s DNA on a sweatshirt found at the crime scene.

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