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David Damm denies plan to kill Donnisha Hill


GALENA, Ill. --- Accused of ordering the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2006, David Damm is took the stand at trial this morning to tell his side of the story.

KWWL's coverage partner, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, has reporter Jeff Reinitz in the courtroom covering the trial.

On the stand, Damm denied planning to kidnap or kill Donnisha Hill. He said he talked to Bruce Burt about the possibility of helping Hill run away, saying the girl was begging him to help her run away.

He said Burt had asked if Damm wanted her killed. Damm said he told Burt that was "off the table."

Damm also told jurors Burt bought a camera to take inappropriate pictures of Hill that could be used against her if she came back to town after running away.

On the date she disappeared, Damm said he gave her a ride and left her at a pay telephone booth near the former Hy-Vee on Logan Avenue and told Burt where to meet her.

When he met up with Burt later, after Burt returned from Illinois, Burt said he had accidentally left the camera at Waterloo and didn't have photos. He said Burt also confessed to killing Hill.

"He said 'I killed her,' " Damm said. Damm said he was confused scared and bewildered and didn't know what to think.

 The 60-year-old car dealer from Waterloo was sworn in at 9:45 a.m. today, capping two days of defense witnesses.

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