LEBANON, Ind. -- David Camm's third murder trial is coming to an end after the last rebuttal witness was called to testify on Wednesday. Closing arguments will start on Monday and then it will be in the hands of the jury.
The first witness the prosecution called for Wednesday was Tom Bevel, a forensic expert. Bevel had testified in September about the stain on David Camm's shirt being high velocity impact spatter. The prosecution played a video for the jury showing a demonstration of Bevel and how blood transfer would have been hard to get when David Camm removed Brad from the Bronco on Sept. 28, 2000.
The video showed a man comparable to David Camm's height getting a mannequin out of a Bronco, like the Camm's Bronco, for almost an hour and a half. The man acting as David only made contact with the mannequin representing Jill three times. This helped to illustrate Bevel's theory that the blood stain on David's shirt is blood spatter and not a blood transfer stain.
When Richard Kammen, Camm's lead defense attorney, questioned Bevel he criticized the weight of the dummy that represented Brad Camm and how it wasn't the same weight as Brad. In the video demonstration Kammen said it's not easy to move a body but the man resembling Camm lifted the mannequin with one arm.
The woman who made the call to Kim's phone, on Sept. 28, 2000, was called to testify. She was calling about a house they rented from David Camm and she had meant to call David and not Kim's phone.
Frank Renn testified about a conversation he had with Sam Lockhart about the basketball game on Sept. 28. Sam said David joined the basketball game soon after he arrived and then stopped playing so another person could join the game in his place which would have been around 7:15 p.m. Frank said this conversation happened within weeks of David Camm's arrest in 2000.
Carl Sobieralski, who works for the Indiana State Police and is a DNA analyst supervisor, said that it would not be helpful to test Kim Camm's underwear at this time in case proceedings. He said that in general these exhibit items have been handled so much that it's possible they could have been contaminated.
Stacy Uliana, one of Camm's defense attorneys, was quick to point out to Sobieralski that the prosecution had had other exhibits tested just a year ago. Under Uliana's questioning he did say that sometimes older evidence should be tested.
Kammen called only Barie Goetz. Goetz is a forensic scientist specializing in crime scene reconstruction and blood stain analysis.
Kammen had a video demonstration Goetz made played for the jury. Goetz was trying to see if he could recreate a transfer blood stain by leaning over a doll's bloody hair.
There were small dots of blood on the shirt he wore. Goetz described them as a half a millimeter in size.
When Levco questioned Goetz he asked about the demonstration's validity. Levco questioned its validity because Goetz just leaned over the doll and did not reach over the doll for someone or something and the demonstration wasn't even done in the small space of a motor vehicle, like a Bronco, but in Goetz's workshop.
Goetz said the blood transfer pattern was easy to replicate in the demonstration and got a transfer pattern like area 30, on David Camm's T-shirt, about a dozen times.
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