By MATT KOESTERS
When David Mosley and his co-workers at Mosley, Bertrand, Jacobs and McCall saw that David Camm had been found not guilty in the trial of his life, the reaction in the office was elation.
“We screamed and yelled,” Mosley said Thursday. “We even cried.”
Mosley and Camm go way back. Mosley represents Camm in two civil cases filed against the former Indiana State Police trooper by Frank Renn, the father of Camm’s deceased wife, Kim, and grandfather of his two deceased children, Brad and Jill. Both trials had been put on hold, pending the verdict of the jury in Camm’s criminal case in Boone County, where it was moved because of pretrial publicity.
Mosley may be paid to defend Camm in those cases, but that hardly factored into his reaction to the not-guilty verdict handed down Thursday.
“That’s the last thing on my mind right now,” Mosley said. “I’m just pretty busy enjoying and celebrating, after 13 years, that he’s been found not guilty.”
Mosley declined to speculate on whether Camm might file a civil complaint stemming from his 13-year incarceration during the three-trial ordeal. But he hopes that the residents of Floyd County and New Albany will put aside their notions about Camm’s guilt now that the trial has been decided.
“This man’s had 13 years of his life taken from him,” Mosley said. “When I met with his uncle Sam [Lockhart] years ago, I guess it was right after the first trial. After I talked to Sam, that sealed it for me.
“This is a quality individual who — if you believe Sam, you had to believe David wasn’t guilty. And then everything that came after that just confirmed that.”
CIVIL SUITS TO MOVE FORWARD
Not everyone was happy that Camm was found not guilty in Lebanon on Thursday. The family of Camm’s deceased wife was shocked by the verdict.
“The Renns, especially Frank, were stunned,” said Nick Stein, the Renn family attorney. “I mean, he was really stunned in the courtroom. He didn’t see it coming. ... Frank and Janice were pretty optimistic, and they were devastated.”
The Renn family has two civil cases against Camm pending in Floyd County Circuit Court, both of which had been put on hold pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. Now that the criminal case has concluded, the civil cases will move forward, Stein said.
“We’ve taken a back seat to the criminal proceedings all these years because the significance of the civil cases pales in comparison to the criminal proceedings,” Stein said. “But now that they’re out of the way, we will be proceeding on those.
“So everybody knows, a not-guilty verdict on the third time around, after $5 million of defense costs, does not mean he didn’t do it,” Stein added.
The verdict certainly won’t preclude Camm from losing the civil suits, said Indiana University School of Law professor Don Gjerdingen, because the standard of proof is different in civil cases.
“The biggest example of that, of course, is the O.J. Simpson trial,” Gjerdingen said. “That kind of illustrated how this worked. In the O.J. case, they found that the prosecution didn’t meet the beyond-a-reasonable-doubt standard. But that didn’t preclude a civil jury later on from finding in a wrongful death action in California that more likely than not, under that lesser standard of proof, that O.J. did it.”