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David Camm

February 8, 2006

Camm case argued live on national TV

Family member debates panelists on ‘Nancy Grace’

BOONVILLE — If Scott Petersen’s jury had never heard about his

affairs he might be a free man, and the same holds true for David Camm, a panelist on the “Nancy Grace” show said Tuesday night.

The legal debate show airs on CNN’s Headline Prime news channel. Tuesday night’s panel included Donnie Camm, David’s brother; Louisville radio reporter Paul Miles; Wendy Murphy, a former prosecutor who acts as a legal analyst for several news programs; Dr. Larry Kobilinsky, a forensics professor; Lisa Wayne, a defense attorney who regularly appears on the show; and Caryn Stark, a psychologist and regular on the show.

Jane Velez-Mitchell was filling in for Grace as the show’s host.

Stark compared the Petersen/Camm cases as the panel discussed whether not allowing evidence of Camm’s several affairs at his ongoing trial will make the jury less likely to convict him this time. Camm was convicted of murdering his family in 2002, but that conviction was overturned when an appeals court found testimony about affairs from numerous women prevented

him from getting a fair trial.

Murphy — who infuriated Donnie Camm when she made comments about the case that were incorrect — insisted “the blood evidence is more than enough to convict him.”

Kobilinski agreed the blood evidence will prove the case, saying, “It’s real science, it’s not art. It’s physics.”

But defense attorney Wayne — using the same strategy as Camm’s defense team — criticized the field of blood spatter analysis, equating it to voodoo.

Donnie Camm, interviewed live by phone, and Murphy had a heated exchange after Murphy commented on motive in the murders, saying, “We’ve got molestation, 15 affairs ...”

Prosecutors believe Jill was molested by her father and he then killed the family to keep the secret. However, due to the earlier court of appeals ruling, the state must limit its testimony regarding the alleged molestation and cannot insinuate David Camm was the molester.

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