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Former Indiana trooper reaches $450K settlement with Floyd County

August 18, 2016

A former Indiana State Police trooper convicted twice but later acquitted in the slayings of his wife and two children will receive a $450,000 settlement from a southern Indiana county that helped prosecute him.

The Floyd County commissioners approved the settlement with David Camm on Tuesday night, the News and Tribune reported. The agreement covering the county and investigators who worked for its prosecutor's office was reached Friday.

Camm was acquitted in 2013 in his third murder trial in the 2000 shooting deaths of his 35-year-old wife, Kim Camm, and their children, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill, at the family home in Georgetown, about 15 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky. The slayings occurred shortly after Camm had left the state police.

Two earlier convictions were overturned on appeal. Camm spent 13 years in prison while maintaining his innocence. He has said he was playing basketball at a church at the time of the slayings.

He initially sought more than $5 million from the county, and Floyd County attorney Rick Fox said four of the county's insurance carriers recommended the county approve the $450,000 settlement. Fox said the agreement settles all litigation against the county and its employees.

"We are very happy this was resolved," Fox said Wednesday after details of the settlement were released.

An attorney for Camm, Garry Adams, said his client still is seeking $30 million from the state, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson, special prosecutor Stan Faith and expert witnesses who testified for the state. The prosecutors are considered employees of the state.

"The primary bad actors are still involved in the lawsuit," Adams said.

Another man, Charles Boney, is serving a 225-year prison sentence after he was convicted of the Camm family murders in 2005. Boney, whom DNA at the scene later tied to the crimes, had testified for prosecutors that Camm committed the slayings.

Read more about the Camm case in the Aug. 24 issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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