The Herald Bulletin

September 10, 2013

Man sentenced in triple murder says he was used


The Associated Press

LEBANON, Ind. — A man serving 225 years in prison for the slayings of an ex-Indiana state trooper's wife and two children told jurors Monday that he sold David Camm the gun used in the shootings but was startled by the slaughter that followed.

Charles Boney told reporters he was "blessed" as he was led into the courthouse in downtown Lebanon. It is more than 100 miles north of the Louisville, Ky., suburb of Georgetown, Ind., where Kimberly Camm, 35, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5, were shot to death inside the garage of their family home in September 2000.

David Camm has twice been convicted in their slayings, but both convictions have been overturned. This trial is Camm's first in which jurors have heard Boney, whose DNA in the garage wasn't identified until between the first two trials, testify.

The two men glared at each another across the spacious courtroom, the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported.

Boney said he met Camm playing basketball at a park in New Albany and agreed to sell him a gun that couldn't be traced. He said he sold two guns.

Jurors listened as Boney told them that he went to Camm's southern Indiana home to sell Camm a gun in September 2000. When Kimberly arrived home and drove into the garage, Boney said he thought Camm was going to get his payment. But then, Boney said, he heard loud voices and gunshots and a child screaming, "Daddy! Daddy!"

"I was freaking out," Boney said. "I'm thinking, he's going to kill me, too."

Camm then left the garage and pointed the gun at Boney, but it misfired, Boney said.

Boney said he chased Camm through the garage and up to the steps of the house.

"I remember him saying, 'You did this,' as he stood on the steps," Boney said. When Camm went back into the garage, Boney said he assumed he was looking for another weapon, and he fled.

"I left. I ran. I got into my vehicle. I took off as quickly as possible," he testified.

Defense attorneys are expected to attempt to rip apart Boney's testimony.

Boney's palm print was found on the Bronco, and Camm's attorneys are expected to showcase evidence that Boney's DNA was found on Kim Camm's underwear and 7-year-old Jill Camm's shirt.

Camm left the state police four months before the murders.