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Change sought for 3rd murder trial

March 2, 2011

Defense attorneys for former Indiana State Police trooper David Camm have asked the state’s intermediate appellate court to accept an interlocutory appeal and decide whether a special judge should have appointed a new prosecutor to preside over the man’s third trial.

In early February, attorneys Rick Kammen and Stacy Uliana filed a motion for interlocutory appeal with the Indiana Court of Appeals, following a January ruling by Special Judge Jonathan Dartt that denied a request to appoint a special prosecutor on the case.

The request involved Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, who’s handling Camm’s third murder trial. Henderson also handled the second trial, and those convictions were overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2009.

Before that reversal came and the justices ordered a new trial, Henderson signed a deal to write a book about the high-profile case stemming from the 2000 murders of Camm’s wife and two children in the family home in southern Indiana. The prosecutor withdrew the book deal after the court’s reversal, but the issue has been the subject of debate and is holding up the Spencer County trial.

Both sides have said they expect this matter to end up before the Supreme Court again, no matter what path it takes.

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