A U.S. federal judge dropped a $30 million federal civil rights case last week that ex-Indiana State Trooper David Camm had against the state of Indiana for his 13-year long "wrongful imprisonment."

Camm was convicted twice -- first in Floyd County in 2002 and again in Boonville in 2006 -- for the 2000 murder of his wife and two children, before being found not-guilty in 2013 during his third trial.

Camm said he was at a church playing a pick-up game of basketball during the time his wife Kim and their two children, 7-year old Brad and 5-year old Jill, were killed on Sept. 28, 2000 in Georgetown.

But Camm was arrested three days after the murders, due to forensic evidence from a blood splatter analyst who was later found out to have phony credentials.

Although Camm had a seemingly airtight alibi, with 11 witnesses confirming he was at the church the time of the murders, the prosecution theorized that he had slipped out unnoticed to commit the murders. The prosecution also focused on Camm's alleged infidelity by bringing in more than a dozen women who said they either had affairs with him or had been propositioned by him.

Camm ended up being found guilty and was sentenced to three life terms -- 195 years in prison.

Camm's conviction was overturned in August 2004 by the Indiana Court of Appeals, citing that bringing in women to testify about Camm's propositions biased the jury.

But he wasn't a free man just yet, as the Floyd County prosecutor ended up filing charges against him in November.

The next year, however, a man named Charles Boney ended up being identified in 2005 as a suspect in the case after DNA evidence tested from the crime scene matched him. Both Boney and Camm were tried separately for the same murders.

Boney was found guilty and sentenced to 225 years for murdering the Camm family in January 2006 while Camm was found guilty in Boonville in March 2006 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Supreme Court reversed Camm's second conviction in June 2009 but murder charges were filed against him again in Henderson just six months later in December.

Camm's third trial began in August 2013 in Boone County and he was acquitted in October of that year.

Just a year later, Camm sued the state for $30 million for his "unlawful" imprisonment.

"My assessment of the justice system -- specifically in Southern Indiana, is that at the trial court level -- it's a disaster," David Camm said to"48 Hours" in 2013 following his release, "These people that represent the state are incapable of doing the right thing. I have earned the right to have that opinion."

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Camm's notions that he was framed, adding that authorities did have a probable cause to charge him and dismissed the case without prejudice.

Although Camm did not receive the $30 million he had sought, he was awarded $450,000 in a settlement between him and Floyd County for malicious prosecution in 2016.

"Police investigators and prosecutors properly charged this individual with murder," said Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. "I hope the dismissal of this lawsuit helps assure our brave officers that both state and federal laws protect them whenever they are discharging their duties in good faith."

Camm and his team plan to take the lawsuit to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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