Report: Jail inmate#039;s death caused by fall

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 14, 2004

The weekend death of Lawrence County Jail inmate Carl Clutters Jr. appears to have been caused by a fall and evidence does not indicate any misconduct, according to an initial autopsy report.

Clutters, 46, of 1747 Township Road 179, was incarcerated Sept. 23 to serve a 60-day sentence for a driving under the influence charge. Clutters allegedly sustained injuries to the head by slipping to the floor on the way back from the shower Saturday. He was given medical attention twice and then transported a local hospital where he was pronounced dead early Sunday,

Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said in a written release.

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The Sheriff indicated that the investigation has not revealed any misconduct by corrections personnel.

"An initial autopsy finding reported to Lawrence County Coroner Dr. Burton Payne by the Franklin County Coroner's Office was that Mr. Clutters received an injury to the back of the head and which would be consistent with the fall onto the concrete jail floor," Sexton said. "The Franklin County Coroner reported no other bruises or were found, which would indicate there was no assault or attack."

The incident occurred Saturday. Clutters was acting unruly and had to be removed to isolated cell. At this time he requested a shower. On the way back, he pulled away from officers, slipped to the floor, hitting his head, according to the release.

An EMS squad attended to Clutters at 8:23 p.m. but he was not transported. Later, he was found to be unresponsive, so EMA was called again. At this time, he was transported by ambulance to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and then Lifeflighted to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Sexton immediately began an investigation and asked the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association

to conduct an independent investigation. Detectives from Clermont and Hamilton counties are expected to arrive today.

Clutters' family declined comment Monday. Sheriff Sexton met with the family Tuesday.

In July, Clutters was taken to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., following a 4-wheeler accident on Lane Ridge Road.

The vehicle apparently flipped and landed on him.

Clutters was taken by a Lifeflight helicopter to the Huntington hospital and later had surgery in Cincinnati according to family.