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Court reporter finishes transcript, avoids contempt-of-court possibility

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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A Warrick County court reporter won't be held in contempt for not finishing the trial transcript in a two-month, triple-murder trial early last year.

Warrick Superior 2 employee Mary Kennedy finished typing the transcript by the end of the business day Monday - the last-minute of her three extensions from the Indiana Supreme Court.

The eight-week, high-profile trial of David Camm, a former state trooper, concluded in March 2006 with a guilty verdict in the 2000 murders of his wife and their two young children. The three victims were found shot to death in their garage. Camm was sentenced to life in prison.

That was Camm's second murder trial; his first ended with guilty verdict in Floyd Superior Court in March 2002, but he won a new trial on appeal.

A notice of appeal of the second conviction was filed in November and Kennedy and staff have been working on the transcript since then.

The court had issued an order Friday instructing her to file the estimated 6,000-page transcript by then or to show cause why she shouldn't be held in contempt.

The Supreme Court had previously ordered her to submit it by May 1 but granted her more time. That was her second request following the initial one in late January.

Delays in the finished transcript have meant Camm has also had to wait to file an appeal. Defense attorneys now have 30 days to file an official brief, though attorneys could ask for an extension.
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