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October 21, 2013

Camm trial litigators no stranger to courtrooms

High-profile cases nothing new to these attorneys.

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Levco, Dartt and Kammen were all appointed to their roles in the third trial. Dartt was picked by the Indiana Supreme Court after the previous trial judge was removed from the case; Dartt then appointed Levco after the former prosecutor was removed from the case. Dartt also appointed Kammen, after the Floyd County public defender’s office claimed a conflict of interest in representing Camm, whose relatives had paid for his first two defense teams.

Both Levco and Kammen have co-counsels with significant experience aiding them: Boone County Prosecutor Keith Meyer, now in his third term; and criminal defense attorney Stacy Uliana, who worked on Camm’s second trial and helped win the reversal of that conviction.

“I’m sure nobody wants a fourth trial,” said Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Kevin McShane, whose been watching the case since Camm’s first conviction was overturned in 2002. “So there is pressure on everybody.”

To reduce some of the pressure and to avoid a jury tainted by the publicity surrounded the case, Dartt moved the third trial far away from the crime scene to Boone County, north of Indianapolis. But the trial is still being covered heavily by the media, including CBS’s 48 Hours and NBC News.

Levco, Kammen and Dartt are accustomed to the scrutiny.

In his five terms as a prosecutor in Vanderburgh County, Levco argued more death penalty cases than any other prosecutor in the state. Two of those cases involved men accused of murdering their wives and families.

His work as a special prosecutor includes the 2008 case of Glenn Murphy Jr., former national president of the Young Republicans, who was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery. Earlier this year, Levco successfully prosecuted a former Democratic Party county chairman, Butch Morgan, and three others for their roles in forging names on petitions needed to get Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the 2008 primary election ballot.

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