CANTON, Ohio – A police officer accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn daughter gave up his right to a preliminary hearing Monday because his attorney didn't want evidence to be disclosed publicly.
Forgoing the hearing for Bobby Cutts Jr. will help ensure his right to a fair trial, attorney Bradley Iams said. He plans to do everything he can in "not allowing bits and pieces of the evidence out," he said after a brief court appearance.
Cutts, 30, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Jessie Davis and her unborn girl, who was to be named Chloe. Davis was due to deliver Tuesday. Cutts is the father of Davis' 2-year-old son, and her family says he was the father of the unborn baby.
If the hearing had gone forward, prosecutors would have been required to inform the court why Cutts was arrested in Davis's murder.
"I already know the answer to those questions," Iams said.
When Cutts entered Canton Municipal Court shackled at the wrists and ankles, his mother Renee Horne broke into tears.
He stood before a packed courtroom that included Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, and her sister, Whitney Davis. He was barely audible when he answered "yes" three times when Judge Richard Kubilus asked whether he understood what he was doing in waiving the hearing.
The case will be sent to a grand jury where prosecutors will seek an indictment.
Davis was last heard from June 13. She was reported missing 1 1/2 days later when her mother went to her home and found Davis' son, Blake, in a dirty diaper and the bedroom furniture toppled.
It was Blake who provided authorities with the first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."
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