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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

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At one point during Eikelenboom’s testimony — after he said he found Kim Camm’s DNA on a sweatshirt belonging to Boney — Camm’s lead defense attorney, Richard Kammen, donned a similar sweatshirt to demonstrate how Boney may have attacked Kim Camm. Kammen grabbed his co-counsel, Stacy Uliana, around the neck as she grabbed Kammen’s arm to pull away.

Uliana’s reference to Kammen posing as a “dummy” to demonstrate the defense’s theory was one of the few moments of levity during the long day.

Eikelenboom is expected to return to the witness stand today, as prosecutors attempt to discredit some of his findings. Eikelenboom is forensic scientist specializing in trace evidence recovery and bloodstain pattern analysis. Before moving to Colorado in 2009, he worked for the Netherlands Forensic Institute Department of Biology.

Eikelenboom and his wife have been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including that of 6-year-old Ramsey, whose bound body was found in the basement of her Boulder, Colo., home in 1996. Her parents were suspected of being involved in her death. The Eikelenbooms later worked with police to clear the Ramseys in their daughter’s death, using touch DNA testing.

Eikelenboom also testified for the defense in the 2011 murder trial of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in the summer of 2008. Anthony was acquitted of murder.

— Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

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