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Former Ind. officer convicted of killing family

Associated Press Writer

BOONVILLE, Indiana- A former police officer has been convicted for the second time of murdering his wife and two young children in the family's garage.

David Camm, 41, has maintained his innocence since the September 2000 shootings, and jurors deliberated for more than 40 hours over four days after his six-week trial.

Camm said "I didn't do it" and shook his head slowly as the verdict was read. His father, brother and sister burst into tears and embraced in their seats.

Katharine Liell, Camm's lead defense attorney, said she planned to begin an appeal.

Camm, who had left the state police after more than a decade to work for his uncle's construction company about four months before the shootings, was convicted in 2002 of killing his wife, Kimberly, son, Bradley, 7, and daughter Jill, 5.

Kimberly Camm's father, Frank Renn, said the he was relieved by verdict.

"I think my heart kind of went to my stomach again, but not in the bad way," Renn said. "I just felt a ton of relief. It's a pretty happy thing to hear when that man said 'guilty.'"

Jurors will on Monday begin hearing testimony on whether they should recommend that the judge impose the life sentence.

Camm was serving a 195-year prison sentence when the state appeals court overturned the verdict, ruling that testimony about Camm's extramarital affairs had unfairly biased jurors.

The prosecution's case against Camm centered on tiny bloodstains found on a T-shirt he was wearing the night of killings, which crime scene experts testified placed him within feet of his daughter when she was shot.

Defense attorneys had argued that the stains got on Camm's shirt when he found the bodies. They also called 11 witnesses who testified that Camm was with them as they played basketball at the time of the killings.

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