Exonerated man meets with victim’s family

Published: Dec. 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2011 at 1:00 AM EST
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Kerry Porter and Jerome Camp
Kerry Porter and Jerome Camp
Jerome Camp
Jerome Camp
Kerry Porter
Kerry Porter

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Now that he's out of prison Kerry Porter is on a mission to help get the right killer behind bars. Thursday, Jerome Camp, Tyrone Camp's twin brother, invited Porter to his home to meet for the first time outside of the courtroom.

While saying he is not bitter, Kerry Porter said he stills wants a lot done to make up for the fact he sat in jail for 15 years convicted of a murder for which he's now cleared. Porter wants a full investigation and written apologies. He also wants witnesses tried for perjury, but most of all both he and the victim's twin brother want the person they believe did it behind bars.

Camp and Porter may have never crossed paths if it weren't for the fact that Porter was charged and convicted of murdering Tyrone Camp. Through all that, there are no hard feelings.

"I'm glad he's home. I feel bad for him serving 15 years in prison for what someone else has done," said Jerome Camp.

Camp said he knew just weeks after the 1996 murder that Porter wasn't the killer and even testified on Porter's behalf. Their efforts to get anyone one to believe what they knew all along came up short especially once Porter was behind bars.

"That's the frustrating part. I knew how to do it, but here I sit in jail and can't reach out," said Porter.

Now face to face and able to work together freely, the two men said they are going to get the person they believe is behind Tyrone's murder, Tyrone's wife Cecilia, locked up. After nearly two decades of no one listening, what makes either of them think it will change now? Porter said it is the fact that he is sitting in Jerome's living room with his murder record expunged.

"For the prosecutor office to move to this level they have to have hardcore evidence," said Porter.

It is evidence the two say will get the person they believe did it in the position Porter just was. Not only justice for Jerome and his brother.

"He knew it was coming. Just around the corner. It's around the corner."

It is relief also for the man who took the blame all these years.

Though the Commonwealth's Attorney has cleared Porter of any involvement with Tyrone's murder, they have not named any person who is involved, including Tyrone's wife Cecilia. Jerome Camp said when they do arrest the real killer he wants them put away for good and will not accept any type of plea.

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