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Ex-Convict Told Police He Heard Man Shoot Wife, Children

1/13/2006

An ex-convict accused of helping a former state trooper kill his wife and two children told investigators he heard the man's son cry for help before being shot, according to court testimony.

Charles Boney gave accounts of the events surrounding the shooting deaths of David Camm's family in a written statement and an interview with police, testimony Friday during Boney's trial in Floyd Superior Court indicated.

Boney told an investigator that he was outside the Camm family's garage in September 2000 when Camm fired the shots that killed Kimberly Camm, 35, and their children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5.

Boney claimed he had no warning of the shootings and that he heard Camm shoot his wife after a brief struggle. He said he then heard Bradley Camm call out, "Daddy, Daddy!" before he heard Camm fire two more shots.

Testimony about Boney's statements came on the same day that the selection of 12 jurors and three alternates was completed for Camm's trial about 100 miles to the west in Warrick County. Opening statements are expected to given in his trial on Monday.

Camm, who resigned from the state police four months before the killings, was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 195 years in prison. The state Court of Appeals, however, threw out the conviction in 2004, ruling that testimony about alleged extramarital affairs unfairly biased the jury against him.

Camm has maintained his innocence, and his defense attorneys have blamed Boney for the shootings.

Boney, released from prison months before the shootings after serving time on armed robbery and criminal confinement convictions, wrote that he sold Camm the handgun used in the slayings and accused Camm of molesting his daughter and cheating on his wife.

"So he shut them up for good," Boney wrote. "I am wrong for providing a weapon, but I am not responsible for the murders."

Defense attorney Patrick Renn said Boney's presence at the Camm home was not enough to convict him of murder.

"We acknowledge that it is going to be difficult for a jury to hear that Charles Boney was there, that Charles Boney sold a firearm, when you're talking about the murder of a young woman and her two children," Renn said.

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