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July 11, 2013

Deaths of mother, children determined to be an accident

Grand jury finds hypothermia caused deaths



“There is no evidence to suggest Jaime was attempting to kill her children,” Henderson said.

As for the perceived rift between the prosecutor’s office and the NAPD, Henderson said he felt it necessary to convene a grand jury since the police department failed to communicate their findings in the case. He said he had no contact with investigators for six weeks and as the chief law enforcement officer in the county, said he needs to be kept informed of any investigation.

“In my 15 years as prosecutor, and seven years with the state police, I can never recall a major case like this where I didn’t receive their findings until the day of their press conference,” he said. “I received no reports after our initial meeting. I received nothing. If the headlines are correct [Jaime Clutter killed her two children] then I need to make that determination after receiving the information.”

He said his office has no problem with the NAPD and works with officers daily on cases. 

“There is no rift, but if I am not kept apprised of a case and no one will answer questions from me, I have to convene a grand jury,” Henderson said. “One way or another I have to know what is going on. It’s easier when we are involved in the beginning. I don’t know if they have had a change in policy.”

Knight was called for comment on this story but as of deadline, had not returned the call.

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