Also at the crime scene were Kimberly Camm's shoes, neatly placed on top of her Bronco, apparently too high up for the 5'4" Kimberly to place there. Autopsy reports and testimony by Medical Examiner Donna Hunsaker described other wounds in addition to the gunshot on Kimberly Camm's body. These included a tear to her right front index finger, two abrasions on her back elbow, injuries to both knees, and bruises and abrasions to both feet.
The prosecution's assertion of time of death varied depending upon circumstances and turns of events. Determining the exact time of death from a medical perspective is never an exact science, since there are many variables that come into play, but from the outside it appears that the proposed times of death varied with the prosecution's changing theories and timeline. What is certain is that Kimberly picked up her kids from swim class at 7 P.M. and went home, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM.
The autopsy report on little Jill was obtained by the press, and revealed that there was DNA evidence associated with a traumatic injury to her vagina. This led to speculation by the prosecutor that Camm had returned home from basketball, sexually abused his daughter Jill, and then killed them all, followed by his 9:29 P.M. phone call to the police. Whether this was a matter of erroneous reporting, or an intentional plant of information, every armchair CSI knows that DNA comes from bodily fluids, and that trauma involves some sort of physical wound caused by contact. The complete autopsy failed to find any presence of semen or DNA not belonging to Jill.
The next change in time of death occurred with the discovery that Camm made a business telephone call from his home at 7:19 P.M. That would have put him at home, rather than at the basketball game with the 11 other witnesses. The prosecutor was convinced that the phone records were not wrong, and that the eleven alibi witnesses were. The new theory went something like this: Camm must have sexually abused his daughter, then killed the family, then went to join the basketball game, which was already in progress. Right?
This time-of-death theory changed when it was discovered that a computer software error in the telephone company records system was caused by different time zones between the Camm house and the phone company facility. Therefore, the call was actually made at 6:19 PM.
The final prosecution theory, and apparently the one that has been accepted by two juries, is that Camm left the basketball game at some point in time, drove the five minutes to his house, killed his family, and returned to the game. The first jury must also have believed that Camm was able to dispose of the murder weapon, which has never been recovered.
Another motive? Sexual affairs with other women. At the first trial, the prosecution presented the testimony of 12 women claiming to have had various types of relationships with Camm. Some were long term sexual relationships, and others were casual flirting.
Blood spatter, prior marital infidelity, and an unsubstantiated allegation of child abuse all seemed to contribute to Camm's conviction at his first trial. These same things led to the verdict being overturned by the Indiana Appeals Court.
When the mystery sweatshirt was finally tested in 2005, DNA and fingerprint evidence identified Charles Boney. Another inmate, Ronnie Weldon, saw the story on a newscast. Weldon told prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the Courier-Journal newspaper that that several months prior to the murders, while still in prison, "Boney vowed to kill a policeman's family and frame him for the crime." Weldon went on to say in an interview with the Courier-Journal, "He said he could blow the whole family away. He said, 'Yeah, I'm capable of that.' " Weldon was not allowed to testify at Camm's second trial, a key to the appeal now being prepared by Camm's attorneys.
So, the first David Camm verdict is overturned in 2004. In 2005, the mystery DNA and fingerprints lead to the identification and arrest of Charles Boney. Boney's criminal history included robberies and assaults on women involving their shoes. A "slam dunk" for Camm's defense, right? Wrong. After initially denying knowing Camm, and claiming that he gave his sweatshirt to the Salvation Army, Boney then confesses to his involvement, but claims that Camm paid him $250 for a clean gun which he delivered to Camm, wrapped in the "Backbone" sweatshirt.