CLEVELAND – Prosecutors who recently presented a grand jury with the case of a pregnant woman killed in her northeast Ohio home planned to hold a news conference Thursday regarding the police officer charged in her death.
Jessie Davis, 26, was killed June 14 and her disappearance drew national attention as thousands gathered to search for her in the area surrounding 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.
Stark County assistant prosecutor Dennis Barr would only say the news conference regards Canton police officer Bobby Cutts Jr., who has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Davis and her unborn child.
Cutts, 30, is the father of Davis' 2 1/2-year-old son, Blake, and her family says he was the father of the baby girl who was due to be delivered July 3.
Attorney Myron Watson, who represents Cutts, said the case was presented to a grand jury two or three weeks ago, but he did not know of an indictment.
"We're waiting and we're in the dark," Watson said Wednesday. Cutts maintains his innocence, he said.
Prosecutors have 90 days from Cutts' June 23 arrest to take the case to trial. Cutts is being held on a $5 million bond.
The news conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Stark County Sheriff's office.
Barr said prosecutors would also discuss Myisha Ferrell, Cutts' former high school classmate, who has been charged with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors accuse her of helping dispose of Davis' body.
Davis was reported missing when her mother went to her home and found 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."
Earlier this month, Summit County medical examiner Lisa Kohler said she was unable to determine how Davis was killed.
Kohler ruled that the manner of death was a homicide but offered no other details, listing the cause as "unspecified homicidal violence."
Investigators had previously stated that the advanced decomposition of the body would make determining a cause difficult.