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August 27, 2013

Camm trial: Investigator talks about call from Camm

Conversation took place just before arrest

LEBANON, Ind. — The call made by David Camm to Indiana State Police just hours before his arrest was part of the focus of testimony during the fourth day of testimony.

Sergeant Sam Sarkisian recalled how Camm, a former member of the Indiana State Police who worked out of the Sellersburg post, said in that phone call that everybody knew he didn’t do it. Camm also said he couldn’t imagine anybody wanting to hurt his wife Kim because she never did anything to anyone. Camm implied maybe the killer was trying to get to the kids.

Sarkisian said the phone call made him uneasy because he knew the arrest was coming.

During his testimony, Sarkisian couldn’t give an explanation on why the evidence file said Kim Camm’s purse was found in the kitchen when a photo showed it in the family’s Ford Bronco.

Inside the Camm home, investigators found a pair of jeans and a laptop computer on Kim & David’s bed. Sarkisian said the jeans were not taken as evidence and testified no fingerprints taken inside the house.

Frank Renn, Kim’s father, was in the courtroom. Janice Renn, Kim’s mother, has not been allowed to hear the testimony because she is a witness. Renn told WAVE 3 News his wife is eager to get on with her testimony and he’s thankful she hasn’t had to listen to autopsy details or see the crime scene photos.

“I just can’t look at it,” said Frank Renn. “I just don’t want to see them that way. I want to remember them the way they were when they was alive.”

Renn said he’s not concerned about the jury being able to reach the right verdict.

“At the time, I think they done the best they could do,” said Renn, “but uh, I can see maybe what they been bringing out, there might’ve been an error or two made somewhere, but you know, I don’t think that’ll effect the case any.”

In testimony late in the day, Kim Camm’s supervisor testified that David Camm called the day after the murders and mentioned benefits. The vice president of human resources told the jury Kim Camm carried nearly a $500,000 in benefits.

Special prosecutor Stan Levco has pushed back his timeline of when he expects to wrap the case to the second week of September.

— This article was produced as a partnership between the News and Tribune and WAVE 3 News.

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