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Camm seeking damages for wrongful incarceration

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David Camm, the former Indiana State Police officer who served 13 years in prison before being acquitted of murdering his wife and two young children, is striking back at those who accused him.

He has filed a tort claim against Floyd County and some Floyd County officials, seeking $30 million in compensation. Another tort claim will be filed before July 21 and include Indiana state employees, according to Camm’s attorney, Garry Adams, partner at the Louisville law firm of Clay Daniel Walton Adams PLC.

“From the information I have reviewed, it is probably the biggest travesty of justice I have seen,” Adams said of Camm’s situation.

After he discovered his family shot in their Floyd County garage in 2000, Camm was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted in two separate trials but both verdicts were overturned. At his third trial in the fall of 2013, the jury in Boone County found Camm not guilty.

Adams said the formal complaint will be filed in federal court before Oct. 24, 2014 – one year from the day Camm was acquitted. A team of attorneys from Adams firm will be working on drafting a “very complete complaint.”

“It’s always difficult when you go up against state actors in a 1983 claim,” Adams said.

Any dollar amount that Camm may be awarded will be determined by the jury. However, Adams said the $30 million figure includes compensation for lost wages, mental anguish and wrongful incarceration.   

 

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