February 15, 2008
[Excerpts] The jury has found Bobby Cutts Jr. guilty on most charges in connection with the death of Jessie Davis and aggravated murder in the death of her unborn fetus. He was found not guilty of aggravated murder charges in Davis' slaying. However, the jury found him guilty of murder. The jury found him guilty on the other charges, which include abuse of a corpse, aggravated burglary, termination of a pregnancy and child endangerment... He said he then panicked and dumped her body in a park. Prosecutors said Cutts strangled Davis over mounting child support and hid her body to cover up his involvement...
By Mallory Simon
February 15, 2008
[Excerpt] A jury in Canton, Ohio, found former police officer Bobby Cutts Jr. guilty of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, Jessie Marie Davis, and their unborn child. The jury of six men and six women reached the verdict after more than 21 hours of deliberations... Davis was nine months pregnant when she disappeared. She had chosen the name Chloe for her daughter. Jurors found that baby Chloe was killed during the commission of another crime, making Cutts eligible for the death penalty. The penalty phase of the trial is set to begin February 25. Cutts will face a sentence of either 25 years to life with the possibility of parole, 30 years to life with the possibility of parole, life without parole or death. As the verdicts were read, Cutts remained stoic, a stark contrast to his tearful testimony on Monday... Cutts also was found guilty of aggravated burglary, two counts of gross abuse of a corpse and endangering a child, Blake. Cutts sobbed on the witness stand as he admitted killing Davis and their unborn child. But Cutts insisted that their deaths were an accident. "I didn't mean to hurt her," Cutts testified, clasping a handful of tissues. "This isn't real," he said he kept telling himself... Davis disappeared in June and the search for her attracted national attention. At that time, Cutts repeatedly denied he had any involvement. But Cutts eventually led police to her body. "For nine days he kept the location of [Davis' body] a secret and went on about his life, every day knowing that Jessie and Chloe were laying there rotting away, destroying the evidence," Barr said. Prosecutors also reminded the jury of the testimony of one of Cutts' friends, Richard Mitchell, who claimed the former police officer threatened to kill Davis one month before she disappeared. "I'm going to kill that [expletive] and throw her in the woods," Mitchell quoted Cutts as saying...