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August 1, 2013

Camm hearing focuses on new DNA evidence

Forensic scientist says Boney’s DNA found on victims

— A forensic scientist testifying for the defense in the David Camm triple-murder trial says Charles Boney’s DNA was on the victim’s clothes.

Attorneys for both sides, armed with their experts, were in Spencer Circuit Court to argue whether new DNA evidence is admissible. The state is challenging the evidence presented by the defense, according to a reporter from newsgathering partner WLKY-TV in Louisville.

“The question is in order to get evidence like this in front of the jury it has to be reliable. That’s one of the standards the judge has to decide. We’re saying its not, and they are saying it is” Stan Levco told WLKY.

In advance of Camm’s third trial, his defense team got the OK to send items from the crime scene for retesting with Independent Forensic Services, a Netherlands-based lab with locations there and in Colorado.

The owner said in court Thursday that testing in this case occurred at both places, and found Boney’s DNA on Camm’s wife Kim’s shirt and underwear and on his daughter Jill’s shirt.

But the state argues the type of testing IFS did isn’t reliable or accurate, according to WLKY.

It’s called low-copy or low-template DNA, and the state’s expert testified it’s not a method he uses with the state crime lab.

The state also said the Colorado lab isn’t accredited yet, and the Netherlands one, while it is, has standards different than what is followed in the United States.

It’s been almost 13 years since Kim Camm and children Brad and Jill were shot to death in their Georgetown home. Since then, two juries found David Camm guilty, but the Indiana Supreme Court overturned the verdicts.

In 2006, Boney was convicted of the Camm murders.

The prosecution said he and David Camm were co-conspirators, but the defense said Camm is innocent.

Jury selection in his third trial begins Aug. 12 in Boone County. The judge will rule on the DNA issue before then.

— WLKY-TV

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