Husband says faith did not play role in wife's death

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 12:11 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – For the first time Michael Clutter is speaking out after his wife and two kids were found dead in a New Albany creek.

“Absolutely nothing is going to be the same and there is absolutely nothing I could ever do to get them back,” Clutter said. “I cannot think of any enemies whatsoever that anyone of us could have ever had to let a tragedy like this happen.”

Police say Jaime Clutter, 35, her 10-year-old son Brandon and six-month- old daughter Katelyn were all unclothed found dead in a creek with a bible found nearby in Binford Park Wednesday, less than a mile away from their New Albany apartment.

“I do not have a clue as to what happened,” Clutter said. “The only way I could have known for sure is if I stayed home [from work] that day.”

The Floyd County coroner says the children died from drowning.  Jaime's cause of death is still being determined.

“My wife was just a very sweet person and she was the best mother to the kids that anyone could ever have,” Clutter said.

J. Todd Nichols is a pastor at Greater Faith Church where the family attended services on a regular basis since they moved to the area from Washington last December.

Nichols said Jaime was a deeply spiritual person, but he and Jaime's husband believe her faith had nothing to do with her death.

“Obviously the situation is very grave and painful for our church,” he said. “We have no idea how things turned out the way they did or why they did and we just ask the community to prey with us to find the truth.”

“I have no reason to believe we have an individual on the loose that would cause the public alarm or harm,” Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said.

Henderson said they have not ruled out murder-suicide nor is his office making any conclusions until all the evidence is collected.

Investigators are waiting for more information from the toxicology report, which could take several weeks, to hopefully determine a cause of death for Jaime and more information on how her children died.

“It is just really hard for me,” Clutter said. “I wish somehow I could have them back. I would give anything to have them back."

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