Charles Boney testifies that David Camm shot and killed his own family
LEBANON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Charles Boney testified on Monday that he was present when David Camm killed his family.
Boney, who is currently serving 225 years for murdering the Camm family in September of 2000, was brought into court to testify early Sept. 9.
Boney entered the courtroom several minutes before David Camm. Ten security officers stood in the room. WDRB Executive Web Producer Travis Kircher says once both men were in the room, they stared each other down for several minutes.
During his testimony, Boney said that he sold Camm a .380 pistol for $75, and sold it to Camm for $250, giving it to him in a plastic bag.
Boney said Camm told him he wanted a second gun. The two men agreed to meet at Camm's home at 7 p.m. He testified that when he showed up at Camm's home, he gave him the second gun wrapped in a gray sweatshirt.
He said when he asked Camm for the money, Camm put him off. "At that point," Boney testified, "I'm just there for the money. I want to know when I'm going to get paid....I'm trying to understand what his hesitancy is about."
Boney testified that Kim Camm, driving a Bronco, pulled into the garage. He said in court, "I recall her looking at me and she had a look on her face like, 'Who's this guy?'" He described it as a "very pleasant curiosity look."
When Kim Camm pulled into the garage, Boney testified that David Camm went into the garage to talk to her, and he heard them arguing. He said he heard someone say, "No," then he heard a pop. He heard someone say, "Daddy," then heard another pop. Then a third pop. Boney said Camm then turned the gun on him and it was either out of bullets or it jammed.
Boney testified that he ran into the garage and saw the bodies. He said he tripped over Kim Camm's shoes, then placed them on top of the Bronco. He said that's when he went home.
Toward the end of his testimony, Boney was asked if David Camm was in the room. He pointed at Camm and said, "In the suit, blue tie, looking very dapper."
The jury was then ushered out for a break as Camm and Boney continued to stare one another down.
After the recess, the jury did not immediately come back into the courtroom. In the jury's absence, the defense made an argument with the judge that it should be able to go into Charles Boney's criminal history in depth. That includes details of his prior convictions, including those for holding guns to women's heads, and robberies in which he demanded their shoes. The prosecution argues that they mentioned his convictions briefly, and that should be enough.
Camm attorney Stacy Uliana said if those convictions aren't allowed, that the case, "will reverse if our cross-examination is limited in any way."
She also said that in the past the case has been about blood spatter, but that it's not anymore. She also said it's been about motive, but it's not even about that anymore. She asserted that the case is about Charles Boney and that the defense has the right to point out his full criminal history.
But Todd Meyer, prosecutor, countered, "This case is not about Charles Boney. The defense has made this allegation before...this case is about David Camm."
Boney, handcuffed and wearing a red jumpsuit, had arrived in the courthouse a little before 9 a.m. He told reporters he had no comment, while telling everyone to "have a good morning."
When asked how he felt about being at the trial, Boney replied: "I feel blessed."
Camm is accused of killing his wife, Kim, and their two children, Brad and Jill, in the garage of their home in Georgetown, Indiana.
Boney was convicted in 2006.
Tests indicated that Boney's DNA was present on Camm's daughter, as well as on Kim Camm's underwear.
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