Twin of slain Louisville man works to free man convicted of killing

Published: Aug. 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 at 6:56 AM EDT
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Tyrone and Jerome Camp (source: Jerome Camp)
Tyrone and Jerome Camp (source: Jerome Camp)
Jerome Camp
Jerome Camp

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Help from an unlikely source for a man who has been serving time for the better part of 15 years for a Louisville murder many now believe he didn't commit -- the murder victim's own brother.

If twins have a special connection, then imagine the blow when one of them is suddenly gone.

"You know he was my best friend, besides being my twin brother," said Jerome Camp. "When he got killed, it was just such a shock.'

Jerome arrived just minutes after his brother, Tyrone, was shot to death in 1996 at the Old Louisville trucking company where they both worked.

"I knew something was suspicious from the beginning when I heard it was a hit," said Jerome. "When he was laying on the ground, the coroner said it was a hit."

Jerome says Tyrone's wife immediately said it was her ex-boyfriend, Kerry Porter, who must have done it.

"She said that she thinks Kerry Porter had something to do with it, well she said Kerry, and I said, 'What makes you think that?' 'Well you know they had a run in,'" said Jerome.

On the surface, Kerry Porter seemed to have reason to kill Tyrone Camp. Camp was raising Porter's son and a couple of years before the murder, Porter had a run-in with Tyrone.

"He just ransacked the apartment, you know, held him at gunpoint, but he wasn't no killer," Jerome said. "If he wanted to do it, he would have done it then."

But at the time, Jerome believed Porter had killed his twin.  He told detectives they should look at Porter as a suspect and when his brother's wife gave him a picture of Porter, he showed it to a coworker who saw the killer.

"He looked at the picture," Jerome said. "The guy had a hooded jacket on and the picture she provided me was Kerry Porter with a hooded coat on and he says, 'Yeah, I think it's the guy. I'm almost positive that's the guy.'"

Shortly after that though, Jerome says, he had a change of heart.

"The man didn't do it," he says of Porter.

He says people close to his brother started acting strangely and he says, he realized Porter didn't have enough information about Tyrone to pull off the crime.

"The guy knew where he worked, knew his truck number, knew he was in town and knew where he parked at," Jerome says of Tyrone's killer. "They was hiding behind his truck and walked up from behind him and shot him in the back."

Camp says this time when he went to police and prosecutors, he was ignored.

Porter was convicted.

Now, Jerome Camp is working with those who are trying to get Porter set free.

"I have even talked to Kerry Porter from prison several times, trying to help him get released because I know ... he wasn't involved," Jerome said.

Camp believes he knows who killed his brother. It's the same two people suspected by the Kentucky Innocence Project, working on Porter's case since 2007. They even believe they know the motive for the killing.  However, since neither of those two people have been charged in connection with Tyrone Camp's death, WAVE 3 is not naming them right now.

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