Floyd County prosecutor accused of misconduct

March 20, 2015

A complaint has been filed against an attorney who led the prosecution against a former Indiana State trooper acquitted of killing his wife and two children.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission accuses Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson of professional misconduct. The commission says he violated rules by securing a book deal about the David Camm triple-murder case while it was still in the appeals process, and that he lied about the deal's existence.

The complaint filed Thursday also says Henderson used taxpayer money to pay for his defense in an ethics investigation. He was removed from the Camm case in November 2011 by the Indiana Court of Appeals, which called his book deal a conflict of interest.

The commission has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to discipline Henderson and order him to pay restoration and other costs.

Henderson told WDRB-TV that he's not happy "this matter has been pending for four years plus." He denied his actions violated ethics rules. He was re-elected in November.

"This matter has been pending for too many years, and I'm pleased that it's going to finally get in front of a hearing officer, and that it is going to be brought to an end," Henderson said. "I'm glad because it's just been sitting there for so long and it's a matter that needs to be resolved."

The matter will head to a hearing where a prosecutor for the commission and Henderson's lawyer will argue the issue before a judge. The Courier-Journal reports the judge usually gives a recommendation to the state Supreme Court, which hands down a decision.

A jury in a third trial acquitted Camm in fall 2013.


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