Court Declares That An Ohio Father’s Confession Of Killing His 3 Young Sons Cannot Be Used Against Him

A judge ruled that a guy’s constitutional rights were breached, thus the confession he made to police after confessing to killing his family cannot be used against him in court. The man is from Ohio.

Court Declares That An Ohio Father's Confession Of Killing His 3 Young Sons Cannot Be Used Against Him

The 33-year-old Chad Doerman was not properly informed by the police of his Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent and the right to counsel, before being questioned by detectives, according to a finding by Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Richard Ferenc.

As Doerman is on trial for the purported murders of his three sons, ages three, Clayton, age seven, and Hunter, age four, the decision is made.

Doerman was taken into custody on June 15 after it was reported by the police that he had killed all three of his sons with a rifle. He had shot one of the boys in his bedroom, then chased the other two around the house and yard before killing them many times each. Both his wife and daughter reported to the police that they saw the shootings, and it was the daughter who later called a neighbour for assistance.

Doerman’s Miranda rights “were violated,” according to Ferenc’s ruling, which became public last week, because detectives “failed to properly and fully advise Doerman of them before initiating the Custodial Interrogation.” As a result, all statements Doerman made during the interrogation will be suppressed, and the State will not be allowed to introduce any of these statements in their case-in-chief,” according to WLWT.

The judge continued: “The Defendant’s Miranda rights were violated when the Custodial Interrogation continued after the Defendant had unequivocally and unambiguously invoked his right to counsel.”

All statements made during the interrogation are to be excluded from the case, according to Ferenc’s ruling.

When officers arrived at the Monroe Township residence in June, they discovered Doerman sitting outside with a firearm. This led to his arrest. Doerman was allegedly observing the mother—who had been shot in the hand—while she tried to save the life of one of the youngsters in the yard, according to court documents.

According to court records, Doerman repeatedly admitted to shooting the boys to death during the arrest.

“The defendant made multiple statements to law enforcement, such as ‘I did it. Take me to jail.’, ‘I shouldn’t have done that. I shouldn’t have shot [redacted] and them.’ The defendant also stated during an audio and video recorded interview, during which he admitted to having been thinking about shooting his sons since October,” the documents said, WCPO reported.

The boys’ mother was captured on body cam film expressing to the responding police officers, “They’re dead, aren’t they? He robbed me of my life. He gave them all gunshot wounds.”

Doerman was then accused of felonious assault, kidnapping, and aggravated murder.

One day after the killings, on June 16, Doerman made his initial court appearance. Assistant Clermont County prosecutor David Gast informed the judge during the hearing that the charges were “the most serious offense that we have on the books.”

“This is it. You can’t commit a more serious offence,” Gast added, per WCPO.

After entering a not-guilty plea to the killings on June 23, the judge mandated that Doerman be detained in the Clermont County jail with a $20 million cash bond.

The start of his trial is scheduled for July.

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