By Carrie Harned
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.) -- Charles Boney is now at the center of the Camm case. The prosecution thinks he's a man with extremely bad luck, but the defense isn't buying it. Boney admits he's no angel. In fact, he has a very violent past. But Boney told our Carrie Harned that after years in prison, he has changed his ways.
For the first time in nearly five years, the shadow of suspicion has been cast on someone other than David Camm: Charles Boney.
I asked Boney point blank if he killed David Camm's family. "No, I did not," he replied.
Boney says his criminal past is now coming back to haunt him. "People never look at you the same. Once you've done anything, they always look at you like he's gonna be the bad guy."
And that's the question both sides of this case are scrambling to answer: is Charles Boney still a bad guy?
After all, a sweatshirt with his DNA was found near the bodies of Kim and Brad Camm. "I did purchase that sweatshirt when I was in prison at the Indiana State Prison," Boney admits. "It had my nickname in it, which is 'Backbone.'"
But Boney says he no longer owned that sweatshirt when Kim, Jill and Bradley Camm were murdered on September 28, 2000. "Specifically, what I did with the prison clothes, I sent them to the little drop box at the Salvation Army."
When I asked Boney if he took the clothes there himself, he answered: "I physically took them there."
Sources close to the prosecution say Boney's story checks out. Prosecutors questioned him recently for more then 22 hours and found no loopholes. He says he was shocked to find out he was being questioned in connection with the triple murder.
"When I got to the Floyd County Building, they told me this involved a triple homicide, and I was just dumbfounded," Boney said. "I was like, 'what does this have to do with me?'"
Besides the DNA match, there are an amazing number of coincidences. Boney's criminal past dates back to the late 80s.
In 1989, he was convicted of three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery in Bloomington, Indiana. In each case, he was after one thing: a woman's shoe.
Court documents show he tackled, wrestled with, hit and hurt his victims. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but served only six months.
Then, in 1993, he was sentenced to 20 years for three counts of armed robbery and three counts of criminal confinement. In those cases, Boney used a gun to threaten his victims.
Boney admits his past doesn't look good. When I pointed out that there are issues with shoes that are unexplained in the Camm case from the crime scene where his sweatshirt was found, he said it was the first he has heard of about it.
I asked if he was worried about that aspect of the case and he said, "not at all."
Kim Camm's shoes were found on top of the Ford Bronco the night of the murders. There were also injuries to the top of her feet. Investigators have always been puzzled by both facts.
Boney says there's no connection to his shoe crimes and the Camm case. He says the incidents involving him taking womens' shoes were part of "a fraternity prank. It was stupid. I can't even put into words what it was."
Boney denies having a shoe fetish.
But that's not what his estranged wife told us in an exclusive interview. She says they met 12 years after his college crimes, and he was still interested in women's shoes. "That's how we started talking. I kind of have a shoe fetish, too -- not a foot fetish, but a shoe fetish."
Boney says his rap sheet represents a past that's behind him now, and claims prison did him good.
"When I was in prison, I had what is called an epiphany. A spiritual awakening. It wasn't so much a godly spiritual awakening. It was just an awakening of 'hey man, you're going on the wrong track.'"
Boney says he now works three jobs, and averages 80 hours a week.
But we uncovered a Domestic Violence Order dated December 31, 2003 -- three years after his release from prison.
In it, his estranged wife says Boney physically harmed her five times including:
- hitting her in the face with his fist;
- knocking her to the ground and hitting her head against the floor;
- pointing a gun at her; and
- using a stun gun on her several times.
Boney says "I was just wrong for what I had done. Once again, real men do not hit women."
And even now, Boney's estranged wife, who did not want to be identified, stands by his side.
"Well, I was married to him. He's a good person, he's got a good heart. He has good qualities, but he has a temper. Sometimes he gets mad, he gets a little madder, and gets real violent. But other than that, he's a good person. That's all I can say."
As for an alibi,Boney says he's covered.
There were three sets of people that I remember seeing that day. "They have all been interviewed and they all have a testament regarding my whereabouts and they are my alibi."
Boney says he has an alibi for 7 o'clock September 28, 2000. "I can honestly say, yes I do."
Now as the spotlight shifts to include him, Boney says he feels the heat. "It's not my call to judge whether David Camm did what he did. All I have to do is make sure that everyone knows that I had nothing to do with it."
Fingerprints were found on the Camm family Bronco, not far from the shoes. Right now, both sides are testing them against Boney's. Court documents show he has taken two polygraphs: one came back inconclusive, and the other possibly deceptive.
But a jury will never hear about either test, since poplygraphs are not admissible in court.
Online Reporter: Carrie Harned