LEBANON, Ind. -- People packed a Boone County courtroom for closing arguments in David Camm's third murder trial. Members of the Renn and Camm families became emotional throughout parts of the closing arguments.
Todd Meyer, the Boone County prosecutor who is helping specially appointed Stan Levco, presented closing arguments in the David Camm murder trial. He began closings with pictures of Kim, Brad and Jill. Frank Renn consoled Janice Renn in court as Meyer talked about where each one would be today if they hadn't been murdered on Sept. 28 ,2000. Meyer said Jill would have been preparing to graduate high school. "I think you all would agree with me that she was cute as a button," Meyer said as a picture of Jill was displayed on multiple screens in the courtroom.
Meyer "connected the dots" for the jury and what they claim showed David Camm's guilt like his actions, the staged crime scene and Area 30. They say David Camm called the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg instead of calling 911 and didn't answer when the post asked him if he needed an ambulance. They also pointed out that David Camm used his home phone instead of his cell phone just outside the garage, inside his truck. Meyer said the crime scene was staged and that David Camm manipulated the scene to look like a sexual assault. Then there is Area 30 and the contentious human matter that was found in the microscopic drops of blood. Meyer said that all three experts for the prosecution say the human matter could only have gotten on David Camm's shirt through high velocity blood spatter.
Stacy Uliana presented closing arguments in defense of David and began by pointing out that the 11 basketball players all said David Camm was playing basketball the night of the murders and never left. Uliana pointed out that early on in the investigation police had discounted what the basketball players recollected about Sept. 28. Uliana said they didn't feel it was important at the time. She said to the jury, "You can't be talking to Tom Jolly and killing your family at the same time." Jolly was at a Georgetown church the night of the murders. Uliana argued there were biased DNA results on the human tissue from Area 30. She said the defense will claim the human tissue was from Jill Camm but the defense claims it came from David Camm. Uliana said the defense's expert showed how easy it could be to get bodily tissue on your own shirt. Uliana said there was a rush to judgment and followed the word of a so called expert, Robert Stites. She said Stan Faith, the prosecutor in David Camm's first trial, presented Stites as a crime scene reconstructionist and was an expert in his field. Uliana played David Camm's phone call to the ISP post to show how desperate he sounded and was seeking help for his family. She said, "You can't fake that." During the phone call many members of David Camm's family that appeared in court today became upset.
Levco presented a closing rebuttal after lunch. He said the defense wants to keep retrying the first case. "They continue to attack Robert Stites," Levco said. He said he has never presented Stites as an expert to the jury and has not asked them to take him as an expert. Levco talked about the credibility of Charles Boney and said, "It's impossible for both of them to be telling the truth."
Final instructions for the jury began at 4:10 p.m. and didn't end until 4:33 p.m. Judge Jonathan Dartt said the jury was going to eat dinner and deliberate until 5 p.m. tonight. Deliberations will resume on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
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