Prosecutors Say DNA From Sweatshirt Doesn't Clear Camm - News, Weather & Sports

Prosecutors Say DNA From Sweatshirt Doesn't Clear Camm

By James Zambroski

(NEW ALBANY, Ind.) -- New developments in the David Camm triple murder case are continuing to unfold. Sunday night our Carrie Harned was first to tell you that DNA found on a sweatshirt at the Camm family murder scene belongs to Charles Boney, who served time in prison for armed robbery. On Monday Floyd County's prosecutor held a press conference to discuss the new DNA evidence. WAVE 3's James Zambroski was there.

David Camm's defense team employed a rarely used legal tactic over the weekend when they asked the judge to issue an arrest warrant for ex-con Charles Boney after it was determined that his DNA matches DNA on a sweatshirt found next to Bradley Camm, who was murdered along with his sister, Jill and mother, Kim in the family's garage in Georgetown on September 28, 2000.

The defense team says that Boney, not Camm, murdered Kim, Bradley and Jill.

But the judge refused to issue that order Monday, and Floyd County prosecutors had a field day at a press conference Monday afternoon, as Steve Owen, Floyd County's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, ripped the defense theory up one side and down the other.

"What do you think -- Mr. Boney's going to come out of jail, go to somebody's house in Georgetown, brutally murder three people, and then say, 'oh, I think I'll take off my sweatshirt that I got from DOC (Department of Corrections) and lay it here down by the boy?' Does that make any sense to anybody? It doesn't to me."

The Floyd County Prosecutor's office says it will file a motion seeking to hold Katherine Liell, Camm's defense attorney, in direct contempt of court for what they believe is circumventing the gag order on this case.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson was livid over the fact that the motion reached his office at 6:30, and was faxed to news organizations across the city.

In any event, Henderson says the sweatshirt does not clear Camm; at best, it shows that he collaborated with Boney. But Boney says that's not possible. "If David Camm knew me, why would he allow my sweatshirt to be there at the crime scene, that would lead to him, and ultimately to him. So we don't know each other."

A gag order issued by the judge was temporarily lifted Monday so Prosecutor Keith Henderson could respond to the latest developments.

"We have not ruled out any involvement of Charles Boney," Henderson said. Either David Camm acted alone, or David Camm acted in concert. We have not ruled out Charles Boney."

Henderson says the crime scene looked stage. "I think it's very unnatural from the position of the sweatshirt to the body ... even before this we felt the shirt was placed there."

Stewart suggested the shirt could have been placed there by David Camm. "Now it does make sense that somebody that killed her thought, 'hey, I got a sweatshirt that don't belong to me ... I'm going to roll that sweatshirt up and lay it by his boy's side.' That makes more sense."

Prosecutors say Boney has been extremely cooperative during 23 hours of questioning. They say he also consented to a voluntary search of his home. Although an arrest warrant wasn't issued for his arrest, Boney won't be crossed off the suspect list completely until police verify his alibi for the night of September 28, 2000.

Previous Stories:

Online Reporter: James Zambroski

Online Producer: Michael Dever