Jury selection began Monday for the January trial of Charles Boney, the New Albany native who is a co-defendant with David Camm in the 2000 murder of Camm’s wife, Kimberly, and two children, Bradley and Jill.

Heightened security and careful interviews slowed the process and only three jurors, two women and a man, were picked by the end of the day.

The process resumed at 8:30 this morning, and it is uncertain how long choosing 12 jurors and two or three alternates will take.

“I was hoping it would be three days or less,” said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson. “But my assistants think it will take longer.”

While approximately 200 potential jurors were randomly selected based on tax returns, motor vehicle and voter-registration records, only 80 showed up for service.

Their day began by being whisked with metal detectors and short speeches praising their sense of civic duty before they were led off to another part of the building to wait during a long, uncertain day.

Because of extensive media coverage of Camm’s first trial in late 2002 and the revelation of Boney’s involvement in February this year, Floyd Circuit Court Judge Terrence Cody has instituted special procedures for jury selection.

They include having potential jurors fill out a 50-page document of more than 250 questions and keeping the jury pool out of the courtroom while individuals are interviewed.

To keep jurors from hearing each others’ responses, only a few are brought to the courtroom at a time, and they often sit in another room while each is questioned by Henderson, Boney’s attorney, Patrick Renn, and Judge Cody.

“What we are doing is a little unusual because of the high profile of the case,” said Henderson. “But the court was concerned we might contaminate the jury pool on our examination of for-cause strikes.”

Henderson was referring to challenges against a possible juror other than basic qualifications to serve in the United States. They include:

• Having an opinion preventing them from hearing rendering an impartial verdict based on the law and evidence;

• Being biased for or against a party;

• Having an opinion based on a conversation with a witness or reading a report of their testimony; and

• Being related within the fifth degree to any participants in the case.

“Every time you turn the TV on, it’s there,” said a man identified as Mr. Granger, a juror excluded for cause. “He’s (Boney) already admitted he was there. It’s hard to get that out of my mind.”

Another prospective juror, Maxe’ Duffy, expressed surprise that she was even called to jury duty, saying she was close friends with Frank and Janice Renn, who are Kim Camm’s parents, and had discussed the case with them.

“My husband walks with Frank (Renn) every morning,” Duffy said. “He plays golf with him when it isn’t snowing. I’m a good friend of Janice. And I knew Kim and Jill and Brad.”

Patrick Renn, Boney’s attorney, is no relation to Kim Camm’s parents.

The difficulty of the jury-selection process was made clear when three of the first four potential jurors were excused for cause. One retained, David Camm’s fourth-grade teacher, was also released before the end of the day when attorneys exercised some of the 20 challenges they are entitled for any reason or no reason at all.

“Don’t take it personally,” Judge Cody told the pool that morning. “It is Mr. Henderson and Mr. Renn’s job to pick the jury they think best for their case.”

While the process drug on in the fourth-floor courtroom, approximately 60 potential jurors paced the floor, looked out windows and yawned away boredom in an assembly room one floor below.

When asked if they had been given any word on the proceedings since the early morning introductions, several rolled their eyes and said, “no”.

Boney’s trial will start Jan. 9 in a proceeding that could include the original lone defendant, ex-Indiana State Trooper David Camm, as a witness.

Camm was originally convicted of the Sept. 28, 2000, murder of his wife and children, but that conviction was overturned on appeal in August 2004.

While charges were reinstated by Henderson, Boney’s involvement arose when DNA on a sweatshirt and a palm print at the murder scene were identified as his.

Boney claims he only provided an untraceable gun to Camm but was present at the house when the shootings took place.



Jury Duty?

To serve on a jury in a criminal case one must be:

• A U.S. citizen

• At least 18 years old

• A resident of the summoning county

• Able to read, speak and understand English

• Not suffering from a disability that prevents service or under guardianship for mental incapacity

• Not one whose rights to vote were revoked by a felony conviction

• Not a law-enforcement officer

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