LEBANON, Ind. -- One of the most infamous witnesses in David Camm's trial, Charles Boney, testified for the prosecution on Sept. 9.
Due to Boney being called to testify, the police presence doubled from the usual five or six officers in the courtroom to six or twelve. Boney was placed on the witness stand before David Camm was even brought into court. But as soon as David walked in his attention was on Boney. The two stared each other down and neither backed down.
Boney said he met Camm at a New Albany's Community Park in July 2000. The two were playing a pickup basketball game with at least eight other people. Boney said he had never met David before this and had only known Danny Camm, David Camm's younger brother, because they had graduated together from New Albany High School. He remembers David Camm boasting about his team's win and Boney told David he was more excited about his recent release from prison.
Boney said he met David Camm again, only by chance, at a Better Way in New Albany. Boney waited for Camm outside in the parking lot. He said he wanted to ask David about another basketball game. Boney said David started to ask him about his past and if he was staying out of trouble. Boney said Camm was "very probing" in his questions and that the conversation turned to handguns.
"I admitted to Mr. Camm that in my past I had sold handguns and other items," Boney said.
He said David Camm wanted an untraceable gun. Boney said he went to his gun source, got an untraceable gun that day and met David at a New Albany Target. David Camm gave him $250 and said he needed a second untraceable gun, according to Boney. It was at this point Boney says things became odd. He said Camm asked him to follow him to his Georgetown home.
Boney says it is there that Camm told him to come back on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with the second gun. Boney did as he was told and showed up on the Sept. 28 but David Camm didn't pay him right away. It was at this time, Boney says, Kim Camm came home and saw the two talking outside in the driveway. He says Kim pulled into the left side of the Camm's garage and got out. Camm walked to the garage and Boney said he could hear a commotion, according to Boney.
"Something wasn't right. It didn't sound right," He said.
Boney says he heard a pop then someone say 'daddy,' pop, and then a third pop.
"I was freaking out, because clearly these are gunshots," Boney said.
Boney said he then saw David Camm coming at him pointing a gun at him and that the gun either jammed or didn't have enough ammunition. Boney says the gun Camm was pointing at him was one of the .380 handguns he sold David.
He says David took off running into the garage and Boney followed. It is then that Boney said he realized it was a crime scene and he says he heard David yelling, 'You did this.'
Boney says he did place Kim Camm's shoes on the Bronco that night after he had tripped over them coming into the garage.
Meyer asked Boney if he had seen the gray sweatshirt in the garage and that if it was there would he had taken it.
"I don't know what I would have done for sure," Boney said.
At this point, Boney says, he realized after taking the whole scene in and seeing Kim, Brad and Jill that David could do something to him. He fled the Camm residence and returned to New Albany.
Boney says after gathering his thoughts he returned to his mother's home. His girlfriend Malia was living with them at the time and she asked him about a scrape on his Knee. Boney said he did not tell her about what happened; he wanted to keep that between him, David Camm and God.
"Charles Boney was only thinking about Charles Boney," Boney said.
He said he was scared to go back to prison and losing his freedom.
Meyer did ask Boney about some of his lies to authorities but Kammen went even in more depth during his questioning about the inconsistencies of his story over the years. Kammen pointed out that Boney tried to mislead the police multiple times with false information.
Boney claims he was setup by Camm and that he was a perfect fall guy for the murders.
Due to rules of evidence the defense and prosecution could not get into specifics of Boney's previous crimes.
Charles Boney will continue his testimony on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
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