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Camm plans to seek up to $30M from county, state

Attorney says tort claim will be filed by Oct. 24

NEW ALBANY — A lawsuit hasn’t been filed, but an attorney for David Camm said Thursday he will pursue a tort claim against Floyd County and state defendants.

Since the claim hasn’t been filed, the exact amount of damages sought hasn’t been established, but officials confirmed a letter sent to the county dated April 16 from Camm’s attorney detailed that the lawsuit could be worth up to $30 million.

Camm was acquitted last year following his third murder trial for the murders of his wife, Kimberly, and children, Brad and Jill. The three were slain in their Georgetown home in 2000.

He was found guilty of the murders following the initial 2002 trial, but Camm’s conviction was overturned on appeal in 2004. He was again convicted of the killings in 2006. That verdict also was overturned, which led to last year’s trial and the not guilty verdicts.

Charles Boney was found guilty in 2006 of the murders, as well as conspiracy to commit murder.

Louisville-based attorney Garry Adams is representing Camm in the potential civil case, and he said the tort claim will be filed by Oct. 24, which marks the one-year anniversary of his acquittal. Adams said the amount of the claim and the number of defendants who will be named in the lawsuit are still being determined.

“I’m going to be over inclusive in my notice,” Adams said.

After 13 years and three trials, there are several potential defendants to be named and information to include in the case, which is the reason why Camm’s legal counsel wants to be deliberate in preparing the claim, he continued.

Adams confirmed the claim will be filed in U.S. District Court, and that state law requires him to provide notice to potential county defendants within 180 days of the acquittal.

What a potential financial award for Camm could mean for an already cash-strapped Floyd County government wasn’t clear Thursday evening.

Governments typically carry liability insurance. Floyd County Attorney Rick Fox and Floyd County Council President Jim Wathen weren’t immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon.

Floyd County Commissioner Steve Bush said he could only confirm the county had received a notice of tort claim from Camm’s attorney last month.

The matter is now in the hands of Fox, he continued.  

“We’ll defend our side as far as the facts go,” Bush said.

As for tort claims, Adams said such means are available to the wrongfully accused for a reason.

“I think it’s important to make sure the proper procedures and policies are in place to make sure it never happens,” he said.

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Amy Harpenau is the new director of theater arts at New Albany High School. Harpenau is a 2007 graduate of Floyd Central High School, has appeared on stage at both high schools and worked in theaters since she graduated college.

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