New details released from arrest warrant in murder investigation
Decatur – New details for a murder investigation involving Mt. Zion Resident, Chad Cutler.
In April 2012, Lisa Cutler was found
unresponsive in her Mt. Zion home. Now police say her husband, Chad
Cutler, forcibly drowned her.
Police say Chad called 9-11. When
police got there, he said he was sleeping while his wife had drowned.
But the medical examiner writes Lisa
had bruises on the backs of elbows and the front and back of her
head, consistent with a physical struggle.
Police say Chad Cutler was found to
have scratches on his arm. His only explanation, that he may have
scratched himself. But Illinois State Police found male DNA under
Lisa's fingernails, and Chad could not be ruled out.
A forensic expert writes the "death
due to drowning could only have been from forced drowning."
And the arrest warrant hints at a
Police say just hours after Lisa's
death, chad texts another woman offering to let her live in his
house, saying he's never felt this way about anyone else including
his "ex" and that he would pay for the mortgage with a
secret life insurance policy.
The week before Lisa's death, two
additional life insurance policies were taken out in Lisa's name with
chad the sole beneficiary.
In total, he would have gotten one
point two million dollars if police hadn't arrested him for murdering
Lisa Cutler was a Decatur teacher and mother. The Macon County Coroner told WAND the preliminary cause of death was drowning.
A coroner's inquest is set for later this month.
Her husband, Chad Cutler was arrested on first degree murder charges. He is being held in the Macon County Jail on a $5,000,000 bond. He's set to appear in court on September 4th.