Charles Boney's First Media Interview

Published: Feb. 28, 2005 at 3:40 AM EST|Updated: Aug. 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM EDT
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By Carrie Harned

(BOONVILLE, Ind., Feb. 25th, 2005) -- WAVE 3 has uncovered stunning developments in the David Camm triple murder case. In 2002, Camm was convicted of killing his wife and two children in the family's Georgetown home in September of 2000, but that conviction was thrown out. Now there's new evidence that another man may be to blame. WAVE 3's Carrie Harned investigates.

David Camm says he found his wife, Kim Camm, along with their daughter, Jill, and son, Bradley, in the garage of their home on September 28th, 2000. Three days later he was in jail for the crime. Now he's a free man while he waits for his second trial to begin.

There has always been plenty of questions in the case, including whose gray sweatshirt was found at the crime scene? Now there's an answer: the sweatshirt belongs to Charles Boney, a convicted felon with ties to Floyd County.

The sweatshirt in question was found on the garage floor of the Camm home next to Kim and Brad Camm's bodies. And until now it has left both the prosecution and defense attorneys dumbfounded.

Boney is now sharing the spotlight in the Camm investigation. He agreed to speak exclusively with WAVE 3 to try to explain how his sweatshirt came to be found at the scene of a triple murder.

"It was a big surprise to me," Boney said. "That's why I'm here today to tell my side. The very first thing that I said: 'Show me ... let me see. Let me see if it's even my shirt.'"

Boney admits the shirt once belonged to him. "Once I seen the shirt -- photographs specifically of that sweatshirt -- I owned up to it. It was mine. I knew that it was mine."

For over two years, the state and defense have known that unidentified male DNA had been found on the sweatshirt. But it was run through a national database only recently, and that's when the state got a match.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson is under a gag order and can't discuss the new evidence, but Stan Faith, the man who led the first case against Camm, is speaking out.

"It gives the short-term appearance of significance," Faith said. "The long term is that it has no significance unless they tie him to that crime scene."

Charles Boney says no one can do that because he got rid of the sweatshirt shortly after his release from prison, three months before the murders. "Specifically, what I did with the prison clothes, I sent them to the little drop box at the Salvation Army."

On the collar of the sweatshirt is Boney's nickname, "Backbone." He says it was given to him because he's a standup kind of guy. But at one time he wasn't.

In 1989, he was convicted of three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery in Bloomington, Indiana.

Then, in 1993, he was sentenced to 20 years for three counts armed robbery and three counts criminal confinement. By then, Boney was using a gun to threaten his victims. He blames it on being "young ... foolish and ignorant."

Boney's estranged wife, also talked exclusively with WAVE 3. She admits he beat her, threatened her life, and even used a stun gun on her. But she stands by his side. "I know he's got an anger problem," she said. "But deep in my heart, I believe he's innocent -- I know he is innocent."

Boney says his past is long behind him now. "Everyone knows I am an armed robber from the past These crimes were from 1992 and back. That's 13 years ago ... this guy has changed his life."

Now, more than four years into this nightmare, the Camm family says they've finally caught a break.

"Dave Camm could not have killed his family," said his uncle, Sam Lockhart. "He didn't do it, and we've been asking all along, all along, for the state to look at that unknown DNA, because we know that was the key to this case. We knew it."

Charles Boney remains a free man and sources tell us the prosecution hasn't found any holes in his story.

Online Reporter: Carrie Harned

Online Producer: Michael Dever