Opening arguments expected Thursday in Camm's 3rd trial


by Gene Kang

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 12:10 PM

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The jury is seated and attorneys will battle it out with a war of words during opening statements Thursday in David Camm's third murder trial.

The trial starts at 8:30 a.m. for the former Indiana State Trooper. A jury of eight women and four men are seated to hear the case in Boone County, Ind. which is north of Indianapolis.

Prosecutors said they plan to play an audio recording from the day of the murders when Camm called Indiana State Police in Sellersburg. The prosecution will also call the victims’ family to the stand to testify for a third time, and they said they’re convinced he is guilty.

"Here's a man who killed three people. He acts like nothing is wrong. It gets to me a little bit," Janice Renn, Kimberly Camm's mother, said.

Janice Renn and her husband, Frank, will have to relive their nightmare in court.

Camm is charged with the murders of his wife and two children at their Georgetown home back in September 2000. He was found guilty twice, but both convictions were overturned on appeal.

Independent legal analyst, Kent Wicker, said he believes jury selection and opening statements are the two most important elements of this trial.

"I think the government has to give the jurors a story they can follow, a road map of what they should expect to see in the course of the trial. They have to give them a story that makes sense, a compelling story. It'll be very interesting to hear the government's opening statement. What's their theory of the case? What's their theory of motive? Why do they think this happened? That's what I want to be listening for in opening statements," Wicker said.

The third murder trial for Camm has cost $1.6 million so far to prosecute him and pay for his defense team.

Charles Boney, from New Albany, is already serving 225 years for the killings.

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