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Slain woman's parents drop wrongful death suit

Parents of Indiana woman slain alongside her 2 kids end wrongful death suit against son-in-law
Posted on Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 23, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — The parents of a southern Indiana woman who was slain alongside her two children 14 years ago have dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against their son-in-law, who was acquitted last year in the killings.

Despite Frank and Janice Renn’s move, the couple isn’t giving up on their efforts to keep David Camm from profiting from his family’s deaths, said Amy Wheatley, one of the couple’s attorneys.

Dropping the Floyd Circuit Court wrongful death suit was “all about streamlining and focusing” on the remaining pending cases against Camm that seek to deny him control of his family’s estates and his late wife’s insurance policy, Wheatley told The Courier-Journal on Thursday.

“Nothing’s really changed” by dropping the suit, Frank Renn told the newspaper. “We’re still going to fight him to keep him from getting this money.”

Juries convicted Camm, a former Indiana state trooper, twice on murder charges in the September 2000 killings of 35-year-old Kimberly Camm and the couple’s children, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill.

Both of those convictions were later overturned on appeal.

Camm was acquitted last fall after his third trial in the killings of his family, who were fatally shot in the garage of the family’s home in the southern Indiana community of Georgetown.

Wheatley said that “acquittal is not the same as innocence” and the Renns remain “firmly convinced” that Camm was responsible for the killings.

Camm’s attorney, David Mosley, told The Courier-Journal that the motion to drop the wrongful death suit “means that David Camm won.”

Three other cases, involving the estates of Kim, Brad and Jill Camm are pending in the circuit court, as well as a case involving Frank Renn pertaining to Kim Camm’s insurance policy. His late daughter’s insurance policy has an estimated $200,000 balance.

Another case is being heard in a U.S. District Court in New Albany that involves Janice Renn, Kim’s mother, and concerns who will receive nearly $240,000 remaining in her daughter’s employer insurance account, the News and Tribune reported.

Mosley said that Janice Renn was awarded $200,000 from that policy in 2002 because David Camm respected his late wife’s wishes that those funds be awarded to her mother, as a contingent beneficiary.

“That has never been presented to the public,” Mosley said.

Camm filed notice in April that he intends to sue a string of Floyd County officials for damages stemming from his previous convictions. He plans to seek $30 million.




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