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Father Charged with Killing Sons Aged 3, 4, and 7; ‘Hunted’ Boy Who Fled as Mom Tried to ‘Protect’ Them

Chad Doerman became emotional in court as prosecutors described the gruesome details of the crime, accusing him of “lining up” and “executing” his sons in a heinous act. The bond for the father, who allegedly admitted to the murders, was set at $20 million during a court appearance on Friday.

Chad Doerman, a resident of Monroe Township, Ohio, was taken into custody on June 15 following two distressing 911 calls from his residence. According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, one call came from a distraught woman reporting that “her babies had been shot,” while the second call was made by a driver who encountered a girl running down the street, claiming that “her father was killing everyone.”

Upon the arrival of deputies and emergency medical services, Doerman’s three sons, aged 3, 4, and 7, were found unresponsive. Tragically, all three succumbed to their gunshot wounds at the scene. The boys’ mother, who was also shot in the hand, learned of their deaths while receiving treatment at the hospital. Doerman now faces three counts of aggravated murder.

During the subsequent bond hearing on Friday, Doerman’s attorney requested a bond of $75,000, but the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office sought a $20 million bond, which reportedly represents the highest amount ever requested in the county. The prosecutor’s request was granted.

In court, Chief of the Criminal Division David Gast provided further chilling details about the horrific incident, stating that Doerman had made a “full admission” of his guilt. “The trauma that this man has inflicted on his family, the community, law enforcement, first responders, and the rest of us is unspeakable,” Gast expressed to the judge, before recounting the events of the previous day.

“In an act of unimaginable cruelty, the father in front of you lined up his three young boys and executed them in his own home using a rifle. The victims were ages 3, 4, and 7,” Gast disclosed. “The mother, in a desperate attempt to save her children, intervened at some point and tried to take the gun away from the father to protect them.”

Gast shared that one of the boys managed to escape to a nearby field, but according to Doerman’s confession, the child’s father “pursued him, brought him back to the property, and executed him in front of witnesses.” Gast mentioned that the boys’ mother was shot while trying to shield her children.

“Doerman has admitted to committing one of the most heinous, despicable, and cowardly acts that we may ever have the misfortune of witnessing,” stated Gast, who also revealed that Doerman had planned the events for several months prior, as stated in a criminal complaint.

“This was not an impulsive act. He confessed to what I believe to be the worst crime I will witness in my lifetime, I hope,” Gast added, while Doerman could be seen tearfully crying behind him, restrained in handcuffs.

Gast acknowledged the trauma experienced by first responders who arrived at the scene, as they held the lifeless boys, knowing that their efforts were in vain. He stated that, in addition to Doerman’s confession, witnesses corroborated certain details of the incident.

Regarding the substantial bond, Gast explained that, due to the severity of the crime, the state believed Doerman posed a flight risk and identified him as the greatest threat to the community if released. Gast concluded that the circumstances of the case were unprecedented, and he would request Doerman to be held without bond during the grand jury proceedings. The judge approved the $20 million bond request and scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 26.

PAUL BRITTON
PAUL BRITTONhttps://tosbos.com/
Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.
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