Bobby Cutts Appears in Court, Says He Didn’t Kill Jesse, Chloe Davis
by Steven Ertelt
June 26, 2007
Canton, OH (LifeNews.com) — Canton police officer Bobby Cutts appeared in court on Monday and said he didn’t kill his girlfriend Jesse Davis and her nine-month-old unborn child Chloe. The case is the latest to draw the nation’s attention to violence against pregnant women and how they are frequently targeted because of their pregnancy.
Cutts is behind held on $5 million bond and has been charged both for the murder of Jesse Davis and under an Ohio unborn victims law that allows a second charge when an unborn child is killed.
The law is similar to the one used to prosecute Scott Peterson in the deaths of his wife and unborn son Laci and Conner.
The police officer is the father of Davis’ two year-old son, who was found home alone after Cutts allegedly killed Jessie and Chloe. According to Jessie’s family, he is the father of Chloe as well.
Before the hearing, Davis’ mother, Patty Porter, faced down Cutts as he entered the courthouse.
"I wanted him to see me," she told media outlets, but said she "saw nothing in Bobby Cutts eyes" as he stared back at her.
"I will stand when I see Cutts, every time," she said, according to Fox News, adding, "We do not want vengeance here. We want justice."
In the courtroom, Cutts stood behind a window separating him from the rest of the courtroom and entered his plea. The judge set the bail in the case and the hearing lasted just a couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, Jessie Davis’ father thanked the thousands of volunteers who helped search for his daughter when she went missing shortly after the apparent attack.
"It’s been, at best, it’s been very, very difficult," Ned Davis said on NBC’s "Today" show. "I don’t believe I can really quantify what our family’s feeling."
"The loss of Jessie has been overwhelming. There are no words," he said.
When investigating the 26 year-old Davis’ home, authorities found overturned furniture and bleached spilled on the floor, likely to cover up the blood loss resulting from the attack. Officials eventually found Davis’ body Saturday in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with the body of her dead daughter Chloe still inside her.
Ohio’s law says that, at any stage of a pregnancy, if an "unborn member of the species homo sapiens, who is or was carried in the womb of another" is killed, it is aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide, and vehicular homicide, depending on the circumstances.
The Ohio law was adopted in 1998 and similar laws are in effect in 35 states with 25 of them that protect mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy.
In addition to Cutts, Myisha Lynne Ferrell, 29, who is being held on charges of obstruction of justice, appeared in court Monday. Police would disclose no details of what led investigators to Ferrell or how they believe she is connected to the case but she apparently gave authorities false information hindering the investigation.
Ferrell and Cutts attended high school together and police reportedly found empty bleach bottles and duct tape in her house that may be connected to the murders.