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Ohio Father Accused of Killing His Three Young Sons Allegedly Planned the Murders "for Months"

The 21-count indictment against Chad Doerman states that the triple homicide was carried out “with prior calculation and design.” 

By Joe Dziemianowicz
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An Ohio father accused of killing his three young sons had allegedly planned the June 15 murders “for months.”

Warning: This story contains disturbing information.

Chad Doerman, 32, was indicted by a grand jury one week after the boys were fatally shot at their home in Monroe Township, located about 75 miles from Columbus. 

The 21-count indictment includes nine counts of aggravated murder, eight counts of kidnapping, and four counts of felonious assault, according to Clermont County case records.

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Doerman allegedly admitted that he fatally shot sons Clayton, 7, Hunter, 4, and Chase, 3, execution-style.

Chad Doerman's three sons in car seats

The indictment obtained by Oxygen.com states that the slayings were carried out “with prior calculation and design.” 

The court documents stated Doerman “confessed to planning and carrying out the deaths of victims involved for several months”.

On June 23 Doerman pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to a Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office release.

Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve indicated in the same news release that Doerman “slaughtered his three boys.” 

He added that 7-year-old Clayton “fled from Doerman, running approximately 300 feet before Doerman shot him from behind. Doerman then approached the boy and executed him at close range.”

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Lifesaving measures for the victims were unsuccessful. The three boys were pronounced dead at the scene of the triple homicide.

On June 15 officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 4:15 pm at a home in Monroe Township. The first call was made by an unknown woman who said “her babies had been shot.”

The second call, made three minutes later, was made by an individual who’d seen a girl running down the road stating that “her father was killing everyone.”

Officers found Doerman sitting on the steps with a rifle sitting next to him, according to police reports.

The victims’ 34-year-old mother, who has not been publicly identified, was allegedly shot in the hand while trying to protect her sons from their father. Doerman’s stepdaughter, who fled, was uninjured. 

Funeral services for the slain brothers who loved fishing and “playing outside way past their bedtime,” according to their obituary, will be held June 26 at First Baptist Church-Glen Este. 

Doerman is being held without bail and is currently in the Clermont County Jail. He is next scheduled to be in court on July 5.

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