Murdered on/about April 30, 2007
~Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA
Their divorce was finalized on April 17, 2007, but Brian Keith Clabaugh, 41, and Jane Morgan Paris Clabaugh, 45, continued to live together until their house could be sold and the profits divided. Ms. Clabaugh had asked for the Flowery Branch, GA property in the divorce settlement and Mr. Clabaugh was originally ordered to vacate it by April 21st. When he said this would leave him homeless, though, the order was modified to allow both parties to remain in the house. The arrangement did not last long, as Mr. Clabaugh shot his ex-wife and then himself sometime on April 29th or April 30th. Their bodies were discovered in their house on April 30th.
Ms. Clabaugh filed for divorce in February 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. However, Mr. Clabaugh said his wife never mentioned the filing nor did he receive the paperwork, so he was caught off guard when the final divorce decree was issued. Ms. Clabaugh's 20-year-old daughter, who used to live with the couple, also said her mother never mentioned the divorce filing. The couple had no known history of domestic violence during their 5-year marriage.
Mr. Clabaugh owned his own business selling computer printer supplies. Ms. Clabaugh was employed as a salesperson by Nordstrom.
The couple had no children together, but Ms. Claubaugh leaves her daughter and an 11-year-old son from previous relationships. The younger child was at his father's at the time of the shooting.
Hall Co. Sheriff press release, May 2, 2007
Gainesville Times, May 2, 2007
Access North Georgia, May 2, 2007
~Posted May 19, 2007
Memorial donations in memory of Ms. Clabaugh may be made to the organization listed below. [Source/Obit]
Hall County Humane Society
845 West Ridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30501