NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – David Camm walked out of the Boone County courthouse a free man Thursday afternoon after a jury found him not guilty in the murders of his wife Kim and their children.
Kim Camm’s parents Frank and Janice Renn returned from Lebanon one day later, shocked by the not guilty verdict. Friend and attorney for the Renn’s Nick Stein spoke on their behalf about how they’re coping and where they go from here.
Now that the verdict is in, the judge of David Camm’s third murder trial gave us an up close look at hundreds of pieces of evidence in the case. Camm’s much talked about t-shirt, riddled with holes where blood spatter was cut out and analyzed, his basketball shoes, the paneling from inside the family Bronco, and a bullet casing were on display. After 13 years and three trials, Camm was found not guilty of killing Kim and the children.
“It was horrible again this time, 13 years later and I’m glad it’s over,” Stein said. “I wish it would’ve been a conviction and affirmed on appeal, but it’s not and they’re going to live with that.”
Stein said the verdict was devastating for Frank and Janice.
“Especially Frank, I think he took it the hardest and I don’t blame him after 13 years of this agony,” Stein explained. “They sat there and watched three convictions, two of David and one of Boney and they thought they were going to get the same result here.”
Time and location may have worked against the prosecution.
“Thirteen years is a long time. Plus, the level of passion in Lebanon, Ind. with jurors that go home and don’t have to be accountable to the citizens in their community,” Stein said.
The Renn family’s days in court aren’t over yet. Eleven years ago, the family filed a wrongful death suit. They are also still embroiled in a battle with David over more than $625,000 of insurance money and money from Kim and the children’s estates.
“It’s not this money, they don’t need this money. They have a simple way they live their life and they’re happy with it. They don’t want David to have it because they don’t think he deserves it,” Stein said.
Stein believes the civil suit will force Camm to tell his story about what happened the night Kim and the kids were killed, in his own words.
“Well, for instance, we’re going to take David Camm’s deposition at some point and he can’t hide behind the Fifth amendment,” Stein said.
They plan to move forward with the suit sometime within the week.
Calls to Camm’s attorney for the civil suit have not been returned.