LEBANON — A Boone County jury now in its sixth week of hearing testimony in the third murder trial of former state trooper David Camm spent Wednesday listening to another forensic scientist offer exhaustive details on critical bloodstain patterns related to the crime scene.
Bart Epstein — who spent 30 years with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s crime lab before retiring to become a consultant — contradicted the prosecution’s experts when he told jurors that blood stains found on a T-shirt belonging to Camm weren’t blood spatter from a gunshot, but the likely result of Camm brushing up against his dead daughter’s fatal head wound.
Epstein, hired by the defense before Camm’s first trial in 2002, backed up Camm’s version of events: that he returned home Sept. 28, 2000, after an evening playing basketball to find his wife, Kimberly, and their two children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5, shot to death in the garage of their Georgetown home in rural Floyd County.
“Nothing that I found was inconsistent with what David Camm said he did after returning to find his family,” Epstein said.
Camm, who resigned from the state police four months before he was charged with killing his family, has twice been convicted of the crime and twice had the convictions overturned on appeal. Jurors in this third murder trial have already heard a string of experts give varying opinions about how blood stains ended up on Camm’s clothing.
Prosecution experts have testified they believe the millimeter-sized dots of blood on Camm’s T-shirt are evidence that he shot his family, and that he was so close to his daughter when he pulled the trigger that blood from her head wound created back spatter found the shirt.
Epstein disagreed, saying the tiny blood stains on the shirt were the result of Camm brushing up against his daughter’s head wound as he reached over her body to get to his son to see if the little boy was still alive.