A southern Indiana prosecutor has decided to have a grand jury review the deaths of a woman and her two young children whose nude bodies were found in a shallow creek in March.
The move by Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson comes after the New Albany police chief said last month that investigators determined 35-year-old Jaime Clutter drowned 10-year-old son Brandon and 6-month-old daughter Katelyn before Clutter also drowned.
The chief said Clutter suffered from mental illness, including postpartum depression, but his announcement came a few weeks after the county coroner ruled the causes of death as undetermined.
Having a grand jury hear testimony from investigators and other witnesses could help reach some conclusions about what happened, Prosecutor Keith Henderson told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/14Avcsj).
"My objective for this is that all angles be thoroughly reviewed," he said. The community needs to be "satisfied that everything is aired out."
The grand jury is to be selected June 25.
Henderson said he didn't know whether the grand jury would uncover new information, but it's likely that if no indictments are returned, his office would produce a report of the findings.
Police ruled out Michael Clutter as a suspect in the deaths of his wife and children, saying investigators verified he was at work when they died.
Michael Clutter said he received a subpoena to appear before the grand jury on June 28. He said he welcomes a review of the case but he's also been dismayed with how his family's been portrayed.
"There's already been enough negative publicity," Clutter said. "To me, it's fine as long as it's going to get something done that's positive."
The bodies were found March 13 in a creek at a park less than a mile from where the family lived in the city just north of Louisville, Ky. Their clothing was found strewn in the creek, police said.
New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight said Jaime Clutter had talked about her family being stalked by "demonic presences." Knight said that investigators didn't know whether Clutter committed suicide or drowned by accident, noting that hypothermia was a significant contributing factor in her death.
A witness told police that the mother and children weren't properly dressed for the day's 30-degreee weather. Independent mental health professionals hired by the police department to review the case said mental disorders could be intensified when subjected to cold temperatures, Knight said.
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