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October 18, 2013

Costly DNA expert testifies in Camm case

Richard Eikelenboom's testimony points toward Boney; costs are $250K-plus

LEBANON — Jurors in the third murder trial of former Indiana State Trooper David Camm got a glimpse of the escalating costs associated with the case Tuesday when a famous Dutch forensic expert called by the defense said his expenses have exceeded $250,000 and are still rising.

Richard Eikelenboom — a “touch DNA” expert who testified in the 2011 Caylee Anthony murder case and helped clear the parents of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in her 1996 death — testified Tuesday that he didn’t know how high his bill would be for work done related to new evidence that Camm’s attorneys hope will clear their client. Asked by special prosecutor Stan Levco if he’d checked to see the latest tally on costs that will be picked up by taxpayers, Eikelenboom responded: “No, honestly not.”

Camm, who left the state police four months before he was charged with killing his wife and two children in September 2000 at their Georgetown home, has been convicted twice in their murders but has also seen both convictions overturned. The cost to Floyd County for all the Camm-related trials and expenses since 2000 is expected to exceed $4.4 million by year’s end. Since Camm is being represented by public defenders, the cost of the defense team’s experts is being paid with tax dollars, as are the prosecution costs.

For Camm, the testimony of Eikelenboom may prove critical.

Eikelenboom — who moved to Colorado from the Netherlands in 2009 to set up an independent forensic-science consulting company with his wife, Selma — testified Tuesday that the DNA testing he ran on clothing at the murder scene points to another man, Charles Boney, as the killer.

“This is very strong evidence against Charles Boney,” Eikelenboom said of a series of DNA test results from skin cells found clothes and other items at the murder scene.

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