EXCLUSIVE: David Camm speaks to local reporter for first time
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He made headlines for 13 years in a case that polarized the Kentuckiana community -- but when David Camm was found not guilty of killing his family, he went back to the one place where people love and loathe him the most.
WDRB's Stephan Johnson sat down with Camm at his home to find out what life is like now, and why he returned to Floyd County, Ind.
"Thirteen years, man. Thirteen years," David Camm said. "It's hard not to get up every morning and not be happy. That's not to say there aren't difficult times, and this has not been easy, man. It's not. But it's hard not to be grateful and try to make the best of every day. And I do that each and every day."
It's not the David Camm that we've been accustomed to seeing over the past 13 years: locked up, handcuffed and arrested for killing his wife and two children. Found guilty twice. Both convictions overturned. Then, on Oct. 24, during his third trial, everything changed with two simple words, repeated three times.
Now, we're seeing a whole new side of David Camm.
"It's been a 13-year process," Camm said. "I guess people thought I would walk out and immediately have this convergence of overwhelming grief, but I have been processing the loss of Kim, Brad, and Jill for 13 years. The reality has set in that they're not coming back, and life has to go forward."
"You know, the pain just becomes a part of you, Stephan," Camm said. "You know, those people who say time heals all wounds and those cliches? I don't think anyone who says that has ever been through anything like this. Because I'm telling you that time doesn't heal anything. It just becomes a part of who you are."
Since walking out of the courthouse, Camm has tried to make up for lost time. That means re-adjusting to the world of technology that has passed him by and making time for some very important face-to-face meetings.
"A lot of logistical things to take care of as far as reintegrating into life," Camm said. "The normal things that most people take for granted. Reconnecting with people I haven't seen in a long time, so that's obviously been a joy. And just getting into the mindset of a direction I want to head in the future, so that's all in the works as well."
He works for Investigating Innocence, an organization aimed at freeing people who have been wrongly convicted. Although he's been told the position will be funded soon, it is not a paying job right now. He lives with Sam Lockhart, the uncle who stood by his side through all three trials, and relies on friends and family to get by.
"The people who took care of me for 13 years are continuing to take care of me," Camm said. "Wonderful family, a lot of great friends. People that have been incredibly generous, have been making sure that whatever needs I have have been met. Clothes, coats, money. It's been really overwhelming. Especially from people that I don't even know."
"There are those people who still believe you had something to do with this," WDRB's Stephan Johnson asked. "What do you say to those people?"
"At this point, with the information that's out there, it's a choice to remain ignorant," Camm said. "And if that's what folks elect to do, then there's nothing I can do to convince those people that I didn't have anything to do with it. It's a choice on their part...the information is out there. All you have to do is be willing to be unbiased, step back, and look at the actual evidence, and you'll change your opinion."
"A lot has been made of the fact that you and Kim had marital problems," Johnson asked. "And a lot of people think that was your motive. You left ISP, went to counseling."
"I know the point that you're getting at, and it's true," Camm said. "We had been talking about the possibility of having another child. And that's not just me sitting her talking about that. She was talking about it the night before with the elders at our church. But what really precipitated that is, me leaving ISP, taking the new job, and that had really changed the entire dynamics of our home."
"Do you ever plan on getting married again?" Johnson asked.
"I liked being married despite what you may have heard," Camm said. "I did love Kim very much. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. I did like getting married and I'd like to have a new partner. And only God knows the answer to those questions, I don't know but we'll see."
But what Camm does have the answer to these days is his daily routine -- something he controls for the first time in a long time.
"Tell me about when you get up and why?" Johnson asked.
"I get up at 5 a.m. every morning," Camm said. "I set the alarm. I've had 13 years of my life wasted...I don't want to spend any excess amount of time sleeping."
"And you know that you can sleep in, right?" Johnson asked.
"Yes, it is a choice on my part," Camm said. "I like the morning. I'm a morning person. Helps me start the day off right."
"You could have gone anywhere in the country," Johnson said. "Why did you come back here to southern Indiana?"
"It was more of a necessity, as well as anything right now," Camm said. "This is where my family is. I have nothing, so it really would have been impractical to try to go anyplace else, so this is just where I ended up."
"And you know the thing about it is, I haven't done anything wrong, Stephan, so I don't feel like I should be allowed to be ran off," Camm said. "I was born here, I grew up here, and you know, I'm not going to walk around with my head down and act like I am the person that people think that I am 'cause I am not that person."
What about the future for David Camm?
"It's just one day at a time," Camm said. "I'm trying to find some purpose in life, trying to bring some type of good out of this. I don't know what that is yet. That's my hope."
Charles Boney is now serving life in prison for the murders of the Camm family. Does David Camm think prosecutors got the right man?
He does, but he doesn't think Boney acted alone. We'll tell you who else Camm thinks was in the garage on WDRB News at 4:00 and 10:00 on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
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