Hamilton County prosecutor files 6 counts against Carmel man accused of murdering father, beating mother


Christopher Claerbout

The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed six counts against the man accused of fatally stabbing his father and battering his mother Feb. 21 at the couple’s Carmel home.

On Feb. 24, prosecutors charged Christopher Brian Claerbout, 40, with the following charges:

  • Count 1: Murder, a Felony
  • Count 2: Criminal Confinement, a Level 3 Felony
  • Count 3: Criminal Confinement, a Level 3 Felony
  • Count 4: Domestic Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony
  • Count 5: Intimidation, a Level 5 Felony
  • Count 6: Auto Theft, a Level 6 Felony
  • Count 7: Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Count 8: Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor

Claerbout, a Carmel resident, is being held at the Hamilton County Jail. His initial hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Hamilton County Judicial Center.

Police were called to the 3500 block of Rolling Springs Drive in the Woodland Springs neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 21 to assist the Carmel Fire Dept. with a medical call. Investigators located David Claerbout, 75, deceased outside the home with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds according to police.

Police found the suspect’s mother battered and partially bound inside the home. She was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators quickly identified Christopher Claerbout as a suspect and used OnStar technology to locate his vehicle, which was traveling through southern Indiana. The Indiana State Police and Clark County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop, but the driver sped away.

Law enforcement worked with OnStar to disable the vehicle and bring it to a stop. Christopher Claerbout fled on foot to a wooded area, where a K-9 unit helped locate him. He was arrested and transported to a hospital. Upon release from the hospital, police transported him to Hamilton County.


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