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January 10, 2006

Attorneys talk Camm at Boney trial
Prosecutor says defense on his team for first few days

NEW ALBANY — In the tightly controlled courtroom of Floyd Circuit Judge Terrence Cody, attorneys presented opening statements Monday in the murder trail of New Albany resident Charles Darnell Boney.
Boney, 36, is charged as a co-defendant along with David R. Camm, 41, in the Sept. 28, 2000, shooting deaths of Camm’s wife, Kimberly Renn Camm, 35, and their two children, Bradley, 7 and Jill, 5.
Relatives of both defendants and the victims accounted for about half of the 45 spectators in the courtroom, as Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson described a “nightmarish, chaotic, hellish (crime) scene.”
Henderson outlined a case that says Boney both sold an untraceable gun to David Camm for the shootings and was at the family’s Georgetown home when the shootings took place.
“September 28, 2000, should have been a peaceful day, but it wasn’t,” Henderson said. “Kim, Brad and Jill Camm were brutally murdered. David Camm was there, but he wasn’t alone. Charles D. Boney was also there when those murders happened.”
Boney’s defense attorney, Patrick Renn, did not contradict Henderson’s assertions, but painted Boney as an unwilling dupe who had no idea of David Camm’s intent or what was about to happen.
“The evidence will show that Charles Boney did not knowingly aid or help, nor that he knew what David Camm was going to do with the gun that he sold him,” Renn said.
While Camm sat nearly 100 miles away in a Warrick County courtroom as jury selection began for his second trial, he was made the center of attention by both Henderson and Renn in the Floyd Circuit Court proceedings.
Taking full advantage of Camm’s absence, both attorneys repeated testimony and evidence from Camm’s first trial in 2002 that was later sharply criticized in a unanimous, Aug. 10, 2004, Indiana Appeals Court decision overturning his conviction.
Reference was made to an affair by David Camm that took place six years before the killings, when Camms were separated and living apart. Uncorroborated statements by third parties that “history was repeating itself” and that Kim Camm intended to leave her husband before she was murdered also were repeated.
The cover-up of possible, but disputed, child abuse of Jill Camm again was raised as a possible motive for the killings along with the existence of insurance money.
Later, Henderson commented on the joint purpose of both sides in the Boney case.
“For the first couple of days, we’re on the same team,” Henderson said. “There are no objections because the (Boney’s) defense wants to get this in.”
During the afternoon session, both sides questioned the prosecution’s first witness, Gary Gilbert, an 26-year veteran Indiana State Police investigator brought in by Henderson after Camm’s first conviction was overturned.
“I was supposed to be a new set of yes to approach the case with no preconceived notions,” Gilbert said.
What Gilbert saw after reviewing boxes of records from prior Prosecutor Stan Faith’s investigation — including 600 photographs of the crime scene — were disquieting suggesting the murder scene had been groomed and manipulated.
“When you think of how many people had access in a short time ...” Gilbert said. “I’ve seen crime scenes (that look) like a tornado went through it. This is one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen.”
Gilbert referred to a lack of footprints at the scene; no paw prints from a family dog known to usually run free; a sweatshirt, which later implicated Boney, appearing it had been placed; and Kim Camm’s legs far enough under the Bronco to suggest she did not fall but “had been let down” on the floor.
Blood stains and spatter on the gym clothes David Camm wore — along with brass shavings suggesting he loaded an automatic weapon at the scene — will be critical to both the prosecution and the defense.
While Renn admitted Boney had lied during interviews with investigators because he was scared of being charged, he said it was the scientific evidence which would be the key to his defense.
“Scientific evidence has no motive to lie,” Renn told the jury.
Despite the complicated weeks ahead, Henderson used one photograph to rivet the jury’s attention to the challenged they faced and the duty they must perform.
At the end of his opening statement, Henderson put almost a life-sized enlarged picture of 5-year-old Jill on a tripod.
Dressed in blue pants and a blue and white striped shirt, she lay slumped in the back seat of the family’s Bronco, her seat belt still buckled. A beach towel of bright, rainbow-colored stripes lay the slouched body of the beautiful blonde-haired child. She was dead from a single gun shot wound to the head.
“I am asking you to return a verdict,” Henderson said, and then he sat down.

What’s happening
• Monday: The jury was sworn in, given instructions and heard opening statements from Prosecutor Keith Henderson and defense attorney Patrick Renn.
• Today: Prosecutors will call as a witness trooper Jim Niemeyer, an Indiana State Police evidence technician, to testify about work done at the scene the night the crimes took place. Ed Wessel, an Indiana State Police firearms expert, is also likely to testify, along with experts on DNA testing.

March 1 2005 Camm Families React To DNA Evidence
By David McArthur
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.) -- The new developments in the David Camm triple murder case have hit closest to those forever linked to the victims. Now two families are as divided as ever on what to make of a sweatshirt belonging to Charles Boney's found at the crime scene. WAVE 3's David McArthur reports.
From the moment his first jury delivered its guilty verdict, David Camm's family never doubted his innocence.
Sam Lockhart, David Camm's uncle, has never believed for a minute that his newphew was guilty. "David could not have killed his family," he says. "He didn't do it."
Now, nearly two years after he was found guilty, the DNA match with Charles Boney to a sweatshirt found at the murder scene gives Camm's sister, Julie Houge, hope others will follow. "They've tried and tried to put that sweatshirt in Dave's hands. There is absolutely none of Dave's DNA on that sweatshirt."
On the other side, Nick Stein, an attorney for Kim Camm's family, downplayed the latest development, saying "the sweatshirt is of minimal significance."
Stein went on to say that one discarded sweatshirt does not change what happened. "That doesn't put him (Boney) at the scene. We think the most important evidence, again, is the blood mist which was on David Camm's shirt."
Meanwhile, Hogue watched with interest Charles Boney's exclusive interview with WAVE 3. "I'm going to stop short of saying: 'I believe he's the man.' I'm not going to rush to judgment. That's what's happened with Dave."
Her verdict is still out on Boney, but she hopes the question alone leads to a re-judgment of David Camm, as does Lockhart. "I hope the state of Indiana will look at this and know they've got the wrong guy and release him -- and prosecute the real killer."
Kim Camm's family hopes to hold a news conference in the next day or two after further consulting with prosecutors about the case. But Stein says they still believe "100 percent that David Camm is the killer."