LEBANON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Jury selection started today, on Aug. 12, for David Camm’s third murder trial in Boone County, Ind. And on Friday, Aug. 9, there was a last minute ruling concerning evidence that could be heard during the trial.
The new evidence was deemed admissible by Judge Jonathan Dartt. Camm’s family claims this evidence will clear his name. The evidence was tested by an overseas lab. During a pretrial hearing, earlier in August, Stan Levco and Todd Meyer, the prosecution team, argued that the lab's methods of testing was unreliable, but Dartt said that is not true because those testing methods that were used by this overseas lab are becoming more acceptable in the United States.
There was also another ruling on Friday concerning injuries to Jill Camm’s genital and chest areas. Dartt ruled that any argument that Jill was sexually abused is not admissible during the trial due to the Ind. Supreme Court barring the use of this evidence in Camm’s second conviction being overturned.
The ruling about the new evidence is a boost to the defense’s case so it will be interesting to see how the trial unfolds.
There are a lot of new key players in Camm’s third trial. Spencer County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Dartt was not at the previous trial. He was appointed after Judge Robert Alysworth, in June 2010, exceeded the thirty day limit on deciding on a venue change request for the third trial.
Richard Kammen was appointed to Camm’s defense after his former lead defense attorney, Katharine Liell, bowed out back in January of 2010. Leill said she has too many personal and business commitments to focus on the third trial. Kammen is working with Stacy Uliana. Uliana worked with Leill in the second trial.
Stan Levco was also specially appointed after the Indiana court of appeals ruled it was conflict of interest for Keith Henderson to continue as prosecutor for Camm’s third trial. The court ruled it was a conflict of interest because of Henderson’s book deal in 2009 even though the deal was dropped since Camm’s second conviction was overturned.
It’s been nearly 13 years of twists and turns but as the trial gets underway you can expect more to come and rock the little town of Lebanon, Ind.