News and Tribune

March 18, 2013

Father, pastor talk about deaths of mom, kids

Mom, son and daughter were found dead last week

WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS
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NEW ALBANY — The husband and father of a woman and two kids found dead in a creek in Binford Park last week is speaking about his loss.

Michael Clutter, who lived with his family at an apartment complex about a mile from the park, told newsgathering partner WLKY-TV that he and his family had only visited the park once, shortly after moving to New Albany from Washington state in December.

“My wife loved her kids very much and she loved me,” Clutter told WLKY. “We just had the best life together.”

Police say 10-year-old Brandon Clutter and 6-month-old daughter Katelyn Clutter drowned in the creek. The cause of death has not been released for 35-year-old Jamie Clutter, pending toxicology reports.

“Sometimes I’m really emotional and all I can do is cry,” said Michael Clutter. “I wish somehow I would’ve stayed home that day to try and prevent this,” said Clutter.

Clutter told WLKY he left for work about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday after his son had crawled into his bed. He gave the boy a hug and told him he loved him.

“And then my wife followed me to the door so she could lock the door, and then I gave her a hug and kissed her and told her I loved her and then she told me she loved me,” said Clutter. “There was nothing that was out of the ordinary at all.”

Clutter said when he returned home, the apartment was empty, which he said was not normal.

“It was unusual for them to not be home. I knew something was wrong,” said Clutter.

He called his wife’s friends then drove to the police station, WLKY-TV reported. He stopped to talk to police at Binford Park and learned they had found a woman and two kids dead.

“And then whenever they showed me the pictures, I’m sure that quite a long distance away they heard me scream,” said Clutter.

Clutter said he doesn’t “have a clue” why his family was killed.

“My wife was just a very sweet person and she was the best mother to the kids that anyone could ever have,” Clutter said in an Associated Press report. “I wish somehow I could have them back. I would give anything to have them back.”

 

PASTOR SAYS FAITH NOT A FACTOR

The Clutters’ pastor says he doesn’t believe faith played a role in their deaths.

Pastor J. Todd Nichols of Greater Faith Church in New Albany said in an AP report that the loss of the mother and children has been tough for the church.

The nude bodies of the Clutters were found Wednesday in a shallow New Albany creek. Police say they found a baby harness and a Bible nearby.

Nichols said Jaime Clutter was a deeply spiritual person but that he and her husband, Michael Clutter, don’t think faith played a role in 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 pray with us to find the truth.”