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Floyd County

February 23, 2012

Special prosecutor appointed for Camm trial

Stan Levco is former Vanderburgh County prosecutor

NEW ALBANY — Spencer County Judge Jonathan Dartt appointed former Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco on Wednesday as special prosecutor for the David Camm case.

Levco began as chief deputy prosecutor in Posey County in 1972 and served as judge for a short time before joining the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office in 1980, according to a profile in the Evansville Courier Press. Levco was elected prosecutor in 1990 and served until he lost his bid for re-election in 2010. He then became a special prosecutor for the state.

Levco has extensive experience with high-profile cases. At least three men have been sentenced to death in murder cases where he was involved in the prosecution. Two of those men were accused of murdering their wives and families.

He was also special prosecutor for Glenn Murphy Jr., former Clark County Republican chairman who pleaded guilty to sexual battery. In 2001, he tried a former Pike County Sheriff convicted of raping a probation worker.

Camm was found guilty twice of murdering his wife and two children, who were found at the family’s Georgetown residence in September 2000. The first conviction was overturned by the Indiana Court of Appeals and the second by the state’s Supreme Court on June 26, 2009.

The Indiana Court of Appeals removed Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson from Camm’s case in a 3-0 decision published Nov. 15.

The Court of Appeals found Henderson “has made himself an issue at trial” because of a book deal he had to write about the Camm case following the second conviction. The Indiana Supreme Court decided last week not to hear the case, making the ruling final.

Henderson said in a release he was “pleased with the appointment of Stan Levco to represent the state as special prosecutor in this case.”

“Mr. Levco is an experienced senior prosecutor who has served the public faithfully over a career spanning 40 years,” Henderson said. “He is well respected throughout the state, and I have no doubt he will continue to pursue justice on behalf of Kim, Brad and Jill Camm and the citizens of Indiana.”

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