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August 19, 2013

Standing behind accused son, brother takes toll on Camm family members

NEW ALBANY —

Every day, Donald Camm sits in a house of memories. Recollecting allows him to relax and smile. 

At times though, it can choke up the 82-year-old. Yet, as evidenced by the photos that surround his favorite living room chair, he wants to be reminded of them all the same. 

Several snapshots in particular summarize the life of the New Albany resident these past 13 years. On the wall, a young boy and small blonde-haired girl smile at the camera. Donald’s grandchildren Jill and Bradley remain frozen in time. Nothing in the photo foreshadowed the tragic fate that would befall the children and their mother Kim Camm. On the night of Sept. 28, 2000, all three were murdered in the garage of their Georgetown home. 

“When I look at those pictures, that’s how I’ll remember them until the day that I die,” Donald said, referring to a photo of Jill and Bradley that he keeps on his nightstand. “That’s the last way I’d seen them and that’s how I’ll always remember them.”

Close by the chair, placed carefully atop a statue of an angel, a picture of a man in a police uniform rests. Donald’s son David Camm looks to be in his 20s in the photo. This was before the arrests, convictions and reversals all began, in a time when David was known for more than just being an accused killer. 

Since the initial charges were levied in 2000, his father, sister and other family members have maintained David’s innocence. Two convictions later, one in 2002 and the other in 2006, their support has never wavered. After higher courts reversed both of these earlier decisions on appeal, the family now waits and watches as jury selection continues in David Camm’s third trial, set in Lebanon, 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

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