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October 1, 2013

Floyd County officials create committee to challenge Camm trial costs

Residents voice concerns; letter to be sent to special judge questioning bills

NEW ALBANY — Floyd County residents are letting their opinions be known to elected officials about the growing expense tied to David Camm’s third murder trial.

The county's bill for the trial, which is being held in Lebanon, Ind., is $900,000 — and rising.

“I hear ‘how can this be’ from a lot of constituents,” Floyd County Councilman Steve Burks said Monday night.

To address the issue, Burks, along with other council members, agreed to form a committee, led by council attorney Chris Lane and Auditor Scott Clark, to draft and send a letter to Special Judge Jon Dartt questioning some of the bills the county has received from Camm’s defense attorneys Richard Kammen and Stacy Uliana.

Clark approached council members at a special meeting Monday asking them to give him permission to challenge some of the costs. The county received a bill from Kammen in August for $60,000. So far in 2013, Kammen has been paid $194,954 from the county and Uliana  $79,335. The third Camm trial will likely exceed $1 million and has put a major strain on county finances. Next week, the council will approve a measure to borrow money from the county’s cumulative bridge fund and other accounts to help make up the deficit caused by the trial.

In 2012, the county paid Kammen $112,487 and Uliana $30,174.

 

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