LEBANON, Ind. -- A not guilty verdict was reached in the David Camm murder trial after roughly 10 hours of deliberation by a jury of eight women and four men on Thursday, Oct. 24.
At about 10:30 a.m. there was word there was a verdict in the David Camm murder trial. At about 12:30 p.m. the jury's verdict was read.
BEFORE & DURING THE VERDICT
During those two hours before the the verdict was read the prosecution, defense and family all headed to the Boone County Courthouse. Some of the media was outside the courthouse or on the third floor of the Boone County Courthouse, waiting outside the courtroom that housed the proceedings for David Camm's third murder trial for a little over the past two months. By 11:42 a.m. the third floor of the Boone County Courthouse was filling up with people, some of them were the Camm and Renn family, waiting to be let into the courtroom. At noon a deputy opened the courtroom door and began letting family in. The first one in was Janice Renn followed by other family members.
When the verdict was read, at about 12:30 p.m., there was a gasp from the Camm family section of the court's gallery. Some of the Camm family even started to cry. The Renns never reacted out loud to the verdict, but Frank Renn just looked down at the floor. A member of the prosecution team could be seen patting Frank on the back after the verdict was read.
The first words from Richard Kammen as he conducted an interview with the media outside of the Boone County Courthouse were, " We're relieved. We're gratified; that sums it up."
He is calling the jury's verdict a "complete vindication" for David Camm.
"Charles Boney killed these people and the evidence of that is overwhelming and conclusive," Kammen said.
Stan Levco, lead prosecutor in the David Camm trial, said he thought Boney's credibility was a big factor in how the jury ruled on Thursday.
"I thought it was going to be a different verdict," Levco said. "...I thought our evidence went well."
The Renns did not come out the courthouse and talk to the media but had their family attorney, Nick Stein, make a statement for them. He said the Renn's needed some privacy.
"I think the Renns have always been upbeat, confident. As for myself, only one full day of delibs not enough to send someone away for the rest of life for having killed wife and two kids," Stein said.
Many members of the Camm family did talk to the media. David Camm's plans for the future were not clear.
"[His life] has been taken from him, needs to find a way to move on. Thirteen years institutionalized, got to change your behavior, how you sleep at night, your routine. But he'll get through that. It'll take time, there's damage done. He'll get through it," Donnie Camm, David Camm's brother, said.
"Whether those people in New Albany receive him furthest thing from my mind right now. If they won't, that's too bad. Shame on them," Julie Blankenbaker, David Camm's sister, said.
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