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October 21, 2013

The strain of another verdict: Frank and Janice Renn discuss the upcoming verdict in their daughter’s, grandchildren’s murder case



New testimony, experts and different takes on the evidence have swayed public opinion to either side of what the jury will say next week. But as the years have gone on with the trial, Janice said she still believes Camm is guilty. Camm has twice been found guilty of the murders, only to have the convictions overturned by higher courts. The family also saw another man — Charles Boney — convicted for the murders in 2006. He’s serving 225 years in prison for the crimes.

With this trial serving as the final appeal in the case, Janice said she’ll have to learn to live with whatever decision comes down.

“You just don’t know what [the jury is] thinking,” Janice said. “I haven’t changed my opinion, but we just have to wait and see. Whatever they come up with, we’ll just have to take it.”

Frank said the community in Floyd County and even in Lebanon — where the trial has been moved because of media coverage over the years — have been supportive of them and reached out to help. He said that’s something he’s always appreciated.

But as the verdict comes in, he’s still convinced the jury will side with his family.

“Sometimes, you think maybe in the back of your mind somewhere [that they won’t], but it hasn’t bothered us that much,” Frank said. “I’m expecting a guilty verdict, but it’s out of our hands. It’s in God’s hands as far as I’m concerned.”



Of course, there is another family in the courtroom equally convinced that David Camm is innocent, as his father noted in a family profile at the beginning of the trial in August.

“I know they’re doing everything that they can and with the new evidence, I feel a confidence that Dave’s going to win,” Donald Camm said. “Yet, we have felt confident before and so going at it a third time even knowing what we do, I can’t inside of me build up this little bit of hope. My hope is so thin”

Although his hope at times wavers, Donald continues to maintain his son’s innocence no matter what the cost.

“We as the Camm family and the Lockharts, we know Dave is innocent and we’re with him come hell and high water, bankruptcy, the whole works,” he said. “Whatever comes.”

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