PRINCETON — Gibson Circuit Judge Jeffrey Meade Wednesday granted public defender Lisa Moody’s motions for an insanity defense and evaluation of her client, David O. Crowe Jr., who is charged with murder in connection with the death of his mother.

Crowe, 51, of Princeton, also has a Jan. 5, 2022 progress hearing in the case.

He appeared in Gibson Circuit Court before Judge Jeffrey Meade Wednesday in a continued arraignment from his Oct. 7 initial hearing.

Accused of stabbing his mother Viola A. Clardy at her rural Princeton home, Crowe remains in custody at the Gibson County Jail with no bond set.

Police discovered her body under a tarp in a wooded area of her property on County Road 100 North between Princeton and Lyles Station Oct. 6.

An affidavit for probable cause to seek the murder charge reported the case initiated from a call from family members earlier that morning, reporting Clardy was missing.

In the affidavit, police reported that Crowe, who was at the home, told them she left the previous day with a relative.

After speaking with that relative, who told them he had not seen Clardy in several days, Gibson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Roger Ballard interviewed another family member, who reported she tried repeatedly to reach Clardy by phone.

According to the affidavit, Verizon Wireless provided two “pings” to Clardy’s cellular phone, both showing the phone near Clardy’s home.

Police returned to talk to Crowe Wednesday morning and to search Clardy’s property. Mid-morning, her body was discovered under a tarp-like covering in a wooded area north of her home.

According to the affidavit prepared by police, Crowe admitted to police during an interview that he stabbed his mother, identifying knives used in the stabbing and telling police where to find his own stained clothing as well as his mother’s cell phone, purse and car keys.


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