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Sweatshirt indicates unknown person may have been involved in Camm murders

An expert testifying in the triple-murder trial of David R. Camm said there is evidence that indicates “an unknown individual” had contact with a sweatshirt found at the murder scene.
The unknown person is probably a female, said Lynn Scamahorn, a forensic scientist with the Indiana State Police.
Scamahorn was on the stand in Floyd Superior Court three days last week as Camm spent his fourth week on trial for the Sept. 28, 2000, murder of his wife, Kimberly, 35, son, Bradley, 7, and daughter, Jill, 5.
Camm, 37, a former Indiana State Police trooper, was arrested and charged with the murders three days later and has been incarcerated in the Floyd County Jail since then.
The sweatshirt was found in the garage of the couple’s rural Georgetown home, underneath the body of Bradley.
David Camm said he returned home from playing basketball at a nearby church and found his wife dead on the garage floor near the passenger side of her Ford Bronco. The two children, who were in the back seat of the vehicle, also were dead, but Camm said he removed his son, laid him on the garage floor and did CPR.
Scamahorn said she tested several areas of the sweatshirt, with DNA test results being consistent with Bradley’s and Kimberly’s DNA, as well as the DNA of an unknown individual.
“All the unknowns appear to be the same DNA profile, a female,” Scamahorn said.
Several items of clothing David Camm wore while playing basketball were also tested. One of his socks contained Kimberly’s blood, while the other sock had no blood on it. Scamahorn did not find any blood stains on the gym shorts Camm was wearing.
Samples of Kimberly’s blood, as well as his own, were detected on Camm’s tennis shoes, Scamahorn said, adding that she found nothing on the bottom of the shoes.
Some areas of Camm’s T-shirt showed DNA consistent with Jill’s DNA, while DNA could not be obtained from other areas.
Defense attorney Mike McDaniel and Floyd County Prosecutor Stan Faith argued late Thursday morning after McDaniel asked Scamahorn about other labs examining the same items as she did. Faith accused McDaniel of taking a cheap shot.
“It would seem to me to be appropriate to ask this witness if what they found is comparable to what another lab found,” said McDaniel. “This is not just some quick, cheap shot. It’s quite meaningful to me.”
Both sides argued again yesterday morning (Tuesday) as week five of the trial began (there was no court Monday due to a scheduling conflict of a witness).
William L. Chapin, who works at McChrone Associates near Chicago, took the stand yesterday morning to testify about tests McChrone did on David Camm’s T-shirt. He said that testing concluded that material on the T-shirt was not consistent with that of gunshot residue. When the prosecution attempted to ask Chapin how the material got on the T-shirt, McDaniel, who was suffering from an old back injury, said he was “surprised” by that line of questioning, as Chapin’s summary report had not indicated that he would address that element.
Faith argued that McDaniel was trying to suppress evidence.
Floyd Superior Judge Richard Striegel said he would make a ruling on the matter when court resumed after lunch.
During her testimony last week, Scamahorn also said she had tested a mop and bucket collected from the Camm home that police and the prosecution believe was used in an attempt to clean up the murder scene. But Scamahorn said that there was no evidence of blood on either item, and there was “no apparent smell” of bleach.
Also last week, Dr. Tracy Corey, a forensic pathologist, explained to the jury her findings on the Camm children.
She spent considerable time answering questions from the prosecution and defense about possible injuries to Jill Camm’s genitals. (While Camm has not been charged with child molesting, the prosecution has speculated that Camm’s wife may have learned that Camm was molesting their daughter and a confrontation may have lead to the murders.)
“She did not suffer true intercourse of the vaginal vault, but there is injury ‘ all injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma,” Corey said.
Under cross-examination, Corey said the child’s injuries “possibly could” be consistent with those someone would sustain if they fell while straddling something, such as the bar of a bicycle or playground equipment.
On the last day of week two, Camm’s aunt, Debbie TerVree, told about Jill Camm falling and screaming five days prior to the murders at a gathering to dedicate a family playground. TerVree said that she did not see Jill fall but when she got to her, the little girl was laying on the ground with her legs spread out.
Prosecutor Faith is expected to rest the state’s case within a week. To date, he has called more than 70 witnesses. McDaniel will then start with his list of about two dozen witnesses.