January 29, 2008 at 6:39 PM EST - Updated June 30 at 8:25 PM
Jury instruction error Boney's attorneys claimed the judge's first error was denying a jury instruction on accomplice liability. In other words, all the jury had to determine was that Charles Boney assisted David Camm by providing the gun used to kill Camm's family. Renn argued Boney already admitted giving Camm the gun. He wanted the jury instruction to state that they believed Boney knowingly gave Camm the gun to be used in the murders.
Police denied right to attorney during Boney questioning Their second argument was that during police questioning, Boney asked for a lawyer. Despite that, investigators continued asking questions and Boney kept talking. The judge allowed those statements into evidence.
Potential African-American juror removed from jury pool The judge allowed prosecutors to strike one of the few prospective African American jurors. During his trial, Boney's attorney argued that, other than race, the state couldn't come up with a constitutional reason to strike that person from the jury pool.
Motion for mistrial based on improper testimony denied The judge denied the motion for a mistrial despite repeated witness testimony during trial that Boney had been previously been in jail. That information was supposed to be kept from the jury.
Motion for mistrial based on allegations of juror misconduct denied The judge's denial of a mistrial despite claims from other jurors that one person on the panel was guilty of misconduct after the trial had begun. Specifically, other jurors reported that one juror used racial slurs.