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Ethics hearing begins for Floyd County Prosecutor who worked on David Camm trial

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Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson is accused of “professional misconduct” for allegedly negotiating a book deal, spending taxpayer money on himself, and violating ethics laws. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson is accused of “professional misconduct” for allegedly negotiating a book deal, spending taxpayer money on himself, and violating ethics laws.

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson is accused of “professional misconduct” for allegedly negotiating a book deal, spending taxpayer money on himself, and violating ethics laws.

The accusations sent him to the witness stand Monday as part of an ethics hearing where he, along with other witnesses, testified in a Floyd County courtroom.

The Indiana Supreme Court, which is involved in the hearing, is trying to figure out if Henderson did anything illegal.

"We knew what the testimony was gonna be," Henderson said about witnesses taking the stand Monday.

The accusations stem from the David Camm murder case.

Camm's wife and two children were murdered in the garage of their Georgetown home in September of 2000. Two convictions were overturned on appeal and Camm was acquitted in a third trial.

Charles Boney was eventually convicted of the murders.

Henderson, who prosecuted the second trial, is accused of negotiating a book deal about the case.

"There was nothing outside the boundaries of ethics -- but again as I've said before -- it shouldn't have taken five years to be brought to a hearing either," said Henderson.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission accused Henderson of violating portions of the Indiana Rules of Profession Conduct.

He admits he was discussing a possible book deal about the case, during Camm's second trial.

WDRB.com web producer Travis Kircher sat in on Monday's testimony.

"Henderson does admit that there was a manuscript that a writer produced,“ said Henderson. “It was called "Sacred Trust, Deadly Betrayal" and Henderson says that manuscript was never actually completed. He said he never actually read it but he did get a $1,700 advance on that book, on that manuscript, but he says he returned it once the alleged allegations surfaced."

Henderson is also accused of violating ethics rules by using $27,500 in taxpayer money for his personal attorney to fight claims about the book deal.

"That shows that all of the money was requested by him and paid to his private ethics attorney,” said Floyd County resident Joseph Moore.

By doing so, Moore believes Henderson broke the law. He says Republican commissioners refused to take action after they were given evidence so he took the complaint to the Indiana Supreme Court.

"If these county and state authorities charged with these types of investigations refused to do their job, I gave it to somebody who did,” said Moore.

Henderson says Camm's people filed the disciplinary complaint while his murder conviction was still up for appeal.

"I felt then -- I felt now -- it's a trial tactic to get me off. Kudos to them they were successful, but it was certainly related to the appeal that was pending at the court of appeals. But with that I don't want to say anymore until after I testify."

Testimony continues Tuesday in Indianapolis and is expected to last until Wednesday.

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