Prosecutor: Cutts' Classmate Helped Hide Slain Mother's Body
July 2, 2007 at 4:20 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 6:50 PM
UPDATE: CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors on Monday accused a woman of helping dispose of the body of a pregnant woman who authorities say was slain by her boyfriend, a police officer.
Previously, investigators have said Myisha Ferrell lied to authorities investigating the deaths of Jessie Davis and her fetus, but they had not given details.
Ferrell, charged with obstruction of justice, is a former high school classmate of Bobby Cutts Jr., the Canton police officer accused of killing Davis and the girl she planned to name Chloe.
Davis' family says she did not know Ferrell. Cutts, 30, is the father of Davis' 2½-year-old son, and her family says he was the father of the baby that was due to be delivered Tuesday.
Cutts on Monday gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on two murder counts, a move his attorney said will help ensure a fair trial by keeping evidence from the public for now.
Attorney Bradley Iams said he plans to do everything he can in "not allowing bits and pieces of the evidence out."
Davis was killed in her home near North Canton on June 14, authorities say. Her body was found nine days later about 25 miles away after thousands of volunteers searched the area. Authorities have not said how they found it.
In a separate court appearance when Ferrell sought a reduction to her $500,000 bond, a prosecutor said she helped hide Davis' body and lied to authorities several times. Judge Richard Kubilus would not lower the bond.
Ferrell's attorney John Alexander Jr. said he was upset that prosecutor Frank Forchione discussed the accusations against his client after she, too, waived her preliminary hearing.
"I didn't think it was necessarily appropriate to say that," Alexander said.
Ferrell could face additional charges, said Forchione, who defended saying she helped dispose of the body.
"That comment was important for the judge to hear so we could keep a high cash bond of half a million dollars on an obstruction of justice case, which is generally a higher bond than necessary," he said.
He stood before a packed Canton Municipal Court room that included Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, and her sister, Whitney Davis.
If the hearing had gone forward, prosecutors would have been required to inform the court why Cutts was arrested in Davis' murder. The case will be sent to a grand jury, from which prosecutors will seek an indictment.
Cutts' family and his pastor, the Rev. C.A. Richmond, declined to comment afterward.
Davis' mother sat a few feet from Cutts in court and said afterward that she has no feelings toward him.
"I want him to have a fair trial probably more than anybody, because at some point I'm going to have to explain all this to my grandson," Porter said.
Davis was reported missing when her mother went to her daughter's home and found the surviving son, Blake, in a dirty diaper, the bedroom furniture toppled and a pool of bleach on the floor.
Blake provided authorities with the first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."
Cutts, who also has a child with his estranged wife, was arrested the day the body was found and has been held in lieu of $5 million bond.