Suspect in Westfield double homicide appears in court
There were major new developments Friday in the investigation into the murders of a Westfield mother and daughter.
It's been one week since Marylyn and Kelley Erb were killed inside their home. As family and friends gathered Friday afternoon to honor their lives, newly-released court documents are shedding more light on the moments leading up to their deaths and the key clues that led police to their accused killer.
Police say 20-year-old Christian Rene Haley was behind the home invasion robbery turned double homicide on December 20. Eyewitness News was there Thursday as armed SWAT members searched Haley's home. Police confiscated Haley's black Ford outside of his home on E. 42nd St. and on Thursday evening, they announced Haley's arrest.
Hamilton County deputies escorted Haley to his arraignment Friday afternoon.
Investigators say Haley beat to death 52-year-old Marylyn Erb and her 23-year-old daughter Kelley. Marylyn's husband found their bodies in the basement of their Westfield home December 20th.
Prosecutors say help from the public gave investigators a break in the case.
"It was a tip that initially lead us to focus on Mr. Haley," said Jeffrey Wehmueller, Hamilton County deputy prosecutor.
Court documents say Haley told a witness, "I went up there and killed two women."
Another break in the case came when the public also helped identify person of interest Jamiyl Gilbert, who was caught on camera using the victims' credit cards. In court documents, Gilbert told police Haley gave him two Chase bank cards and the pin codes.
Detectives recovered surveillance video at a Chase Bank branch and a CVS store where the victims' credit cards were used by Gilbert, who also revealed the connection between the suspect and the victims.
"That connection is that he was a former employee of Mr. Erb in his business," said Wehmueller.
After getting fired in June, according to court records, Haley went to the Oak Park Subdivision where the Erbs live and talked about getting revenge. A witness also told police Haley stated he was going to rob an ex-boss because they fired him, according to court documents.
Haley's family attended his arraignment but declined comment as he faces an array of charges including the multiple counts for murder.
Haley's charges include two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of felony robbery, one count of felony burglary and a theft charge. Read the probable cause affidavit here.
A search of Haley's criminal past turned up arrests for intimidation and battery in Marion County.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Westfield Police at (317) 773-1300 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).