LEBANON, Ind. -- James Biddle continued his testimony on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and the jury got to hear more about the confrontation between Biddle and David Camm.
The prosecution played a recording of a phone call that David Camm made to Biddle, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, after a confrontation the two had on Saturday, Sept. 30. David Camm had come to the Camm residence to get some burial clothes for his family but Biddle would not let them in due to the scene still being investigated. Biddle was a Lieutenant for the Indiana State Police in 2000.
In the phone call David wanted to apologize for the incident.
"I need to apologize," David said. "I am really sorry...wasn't anything personal."
Biddle in response said he could not imagine what David was going through and said, "I appreciate the patience you've shown...these evidence techs are so meticulous."
Biddle said not letting the family have any access to the house is normal procedure because the Camm house was part of a crime scene. The house was not released by the police until Oct. 6, 2000.
Kammen questioned Biddle about the chain of command at the scene. Biddle said James Neimeyer, who in 2000 was a crime scene investigation supervisor for the ISP, was in charge of the crime scene investigation due to his seniority.
Kammen also asked Biddle about some of the decisions made by police regarding the investigation. One of which, Kammen pointed out, was no one searched a nickname database for "Backbone" that would have been maintained by the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Biddle went on to testify that, "I believe this is one of the most extensive and thorough investigations the Indiana State Police have done."
Robert Neal was also called by the prosecution. He worked as a detective at the time of the murders.
Neal said he had a professional relationship and had known David through working together for ISP. Neal said within 30 minutes of arriving at the scene on Sept. 28 Neal tried to talk to David to express his condolences and tried to hug or put his arm around Camm but said Camm didn't really want Neal to touch him.
Neal approached David a second time on Sept.28 to gather some information from him for the investigation. Neal said he remembers David at first didn't want to talk, but eventually did at the ISP Post in Sellersburg, Ind. During the questioning at the ISP post Camm was asked to take Neal and another detective through Sept. 28 from the beginning of the day.
Neal will continue his testimony on Thursday.
Other witnesses called:
Susan Block: She is a New Albany real estate agent who received a call from David Camm around Sept. 28. David was calling about a single-resident house she was selling. Block said she never talked to a Kim Camm only David. Uliana asked Block if Camm had mentioned his kids during their conversation and Block said he had.
Frank Loop: He is a Floyd County police officer that talked to David around May 2000 about becoming a volunteer police officer. Loop said at the time Camm only had a .380 gun and needed to buy a different gun to serve as a volunteer. Camm needed some time to gather the finances, but Loop said he never heard back from Camm.
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