CAMM BLOG: Kim makes insurance policy changes before death


by Mary Lyons

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 12:10 PM

LEBANON, Ind. -- The insurance that Kim Camm bought before her death in Sept. 28, 2000 played a big part during the sixth day of court for the David Camm murder trial.

Camm's defense is worried that the prosecution is speculating to a motive. His defense says that Kim was in charge of the finances and that the prosecution is making this seem darker than it really is.

David Camm left his job with the Indiana State Police  in May of 2000. Kim Camm purchased individual life insurance policies for each member of the family in June 2000 through Nationwide. With Nationwide's insurance plan Kim got $150,00 of life insurance for herself. The children's life insurance double to $10,000 each. Kim also bought David his own life insurance plan for $350,000.

Robert Barber, one of the insurance agents, who helped Kim buy the out of state life insurance says he only ever talked to Kim. Daniel Camm, David Camm's brother, was a contracted insurance agent that worked with Robert Barber. Daniel's address was listed on the policy and not the Camm family's Indiana address.

The underwriter for the Camm's insurance policy said, when he testified in court Aug. 29, he did at first reject their application because they had put an Indiana address. But eventually the the application was accepted with Daniel's Florida address.

Barber said the insurance laws in 2000 were not as strict as they are now so it was not an uncommon practice for agents to write across state lines.

"Concerning" phone call from Kim Camm

A high school friend of Kim's also testified. Marcy McLeod was called to testify because Kim called her three weeks before her death on Sept. 28, 2000. McLeod can only say how the call made her feel and both sides of the court can't ask her what the conversation consisted of.

McLeod testified that during their phone calls she usually talked the most, but in this specific call Kim talked the most. McLeod said the call was "concerning" and that Kim sounded "preoccupied." McLeod said that she even called her own mom and another friend after the phone conversation with Kim.

Court will resume on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and the DNA analyst, Lynn Scamahorn, is expected to finish her testimony then.