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Canton officer to waive speedy trial in death of pregnant girlfriend


  CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A police officer accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend will waive the requirement for his trial to begin within 90 days of his arrest.

Bobby Cutts Jr., who could receive the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder in the death of Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter, plans to waive the speedy trial requirement at a hearing Tuesday morning, according to Marc Warner, administrator of Stark County Common Pleas Court.

Myisha Ferrell, a high school classmate of Cutts, also plans to waive the speedy trial requirement. She faces charges of obstructing justice and complicity to abuse of a corpse. Prosecutors say she helped dispose of Davis’ body.

Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr. had set a trial date of Sept. 18. A new trial date will be set Tuesday.

Davis’ disappearance in June drew national attention as thousands gathered to search for her in the area surrounding her northeast Ohio home. Authorities have not said how she was killed.

Authorities say Davis was killed June 14 in her home near North Canton, about 45 miles south of Cleveland. Davis’ body, still carrying a nearly full-term fetus, was found nine days later about 25 miles away from her home in a remote area of a park.

A day after Davis was killed, Porter found her 2 1/2-year-old grandson, Blake, alone in the home wearing a dirty diaper. He provided authorities with the first clues, saying: “Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.”

Cutts, 30, also faces two counts of gross abuse of a corpse and one count each of aggravated burglary and endangering children.

Cutts is the boy’s father and Davis’ family says he was also the father of the baby girl Davis was due to deliver July 3.


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