Indiana county settles dispute with forensics company over billing in triple-murder trial

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NEW ALBANY, Indiana — A southern Indiana county has reached a settlement in its billing dispute with a forensics company that testified on the prosecution's behalf last year during a triple-murder trial.

Independent Forensic Services had billed Floyd County $479,000 for DNA testing done for David Camm's third murder trial, which ended with the former state trooper's acquittal in the fatal September 2000 shootings of his wife and two children.

Juries had convicted Camm twice on murder charges in the killings of 35-year-old Kimberly Camm and the couple's children, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill, but both of those convictions were later overturned on appeal. A jury acquitted Camm in the killings in October 2013 and he was freed from prison after 13 years behind bars.

Floyd County had disputed Independent Forensic Services' $479,000 in billings based on testimony during last year's trial by company founder Dr. Richard Eikelenboom that the testing expenses would be about $350,000.

County officials had paid a portion of the company's previous bills, but challenged a $211,500 bill it received in February, The News and Tribune reported ( ) Friday.

Floyd County Council Attorney Chris Lane said Friday that the county has agreed to pay $165,000 of that amount, saving taxpayers about $35,000.

County Auditor Scott Clark said the county's final check to the company has cleared.

Council President Jim Wathen said that should now be the final bill the county must pay related to Camm's three trials, which together cost the county about $3 million. He said Clark deserves credit for pursuing the settlement and saving the county some money.

"It's not a gold mine or anything, but it was worth the effort," Wathen said.

Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana,

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