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Bond is set at $5M in pregnant woman’s death

June 26, 2007

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Patricia Porter, Jessie Davis' mother, right, stands and stares at Bobby Cutts Jr., unseen, in a courtroom in Canton, Ohio. Cutts, accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, Jessie Davis,  and her nearly full-term fetus, was expressionless when a judge ordered him held on $5 million bond. Seated next to Porter is Whitney Davis, Jessie's sister.

Patricia Porter, Jessie Davis' mother, right, stands and stares at Bobby Cutts Jr., unseen, in a courtroom in Canton, Ohio. Cutts, accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, Jessie Davis, and her nearly full-term fetus, was expressionless when a judge ordered him held on $5 million bond. Seated next to Porter is Whitney Davis, Jessie's sister.

— A police officer accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her nearly full-term fetus made his first court appearance Monday and was ordered held on $5 million bond.

Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, was expressionless as a judge reviewed his case. He stood behind a window separating him from the courtroom, with his girlfriend's family seated a few feet away.

Jessie Davis, 26, was missing for about a week before her body was found Saturday in a park. Cutts is the father of her 2-year-old son, and Davis' relatives have said he is the father of the baby girl she was due to deliver July 3 and planned to name Chloe.

Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, stood in the front row of the courtroom and stared at Cutts as he surveyed the audience. Porter held the hand of daughter Whitney Davis while she stood glaring at Cutts.

"I just wanted him to see us, to know what he's done to our family," Whitney Davis said later. "I'm just disgusted with him."

Porter stood again when one of Cutts' former high school classmates appeared in front of the judge.

Myisha Ferrell, 29, is accused of lying to investigators about the case. She was ordered held on $500,000 bond.

Cutts' attorney, Bradley Iams, declined to discuss details of the charges against his client or anything Cutts said to him during the court appearance. He said it was too early to say whether a trial would have to be moved out of Stark County, and that he was not surprised by the bond amount.

Cutts, arrested Saturday, is accused of killing Davis and the fetus June 14 at her home in nearby Lake Township.

Davis' mother last spoke to her daughter a day before authorities say she was killed. Davis was reported missing after Porter found her grandson home alone, with bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor. The boy, Blake, gave investigators some of their first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."

Family members have told Blake that his mother is in heaven, Porter said.

"Blake is doing as well as can be expected for a 2 1/2-year-old whose mom is not coming home," Porter said. "He has an old cell phone and he calls her and talks to her."

Davis' body was found nine days after authorities believe she was killed. Determining the cause of death will take weeks because of decomposition, the medical examiner's office said Monday. The office will test the paternity of the fetus, and conduct toxicology and DNA tests and a skeletal analysis.

Ohio law allows a murder charge against someone accused of killing a fetus that would have been able to live outside the womb.

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