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Ohio police officer pleads not guilty in pregnant girlfriends death; could face death penalty
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Patricia Porter, right, Jessie Davis's mother, stands and watches Bobby Cutts Jr., left, enter the courtroom, Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. Cutts, who pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges in the killing of his pregnant girlfriend, could receive the death penalty if convicted in the death of Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter. - photo by Associated Press
    CANTON, Ohio — A police officer pleaded not guilty Friday in the killing of his pregnant girlfriend, whose corpse was found in a park and whose toddler son gave investigators some of their strongest clues.
    Bobby Cutts Jr. could be sentenced to die if convicted in the deaths of Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter. He nodded at his parents and his pastor in the makeshift courtroom at the Stark County jail.
    Davis’ disappearance in June drew national attention as thousands searched for more than a week near her northeast Ohio home. Her body, with a nearly full-term fetus, was found more than a week later about 25 miles away, in a remote area of a park.
    Investigators believe Davis was killed June 14 in her home near North Canton but have not said how. Her mother found her 2 1/2-year-old grandson alone in the home the next day. Bedroom furniture was toppled and a pool of bleach was on the floor.
    He told authorities: ‘‘Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.’’
    Cutts, 30, was indicted Thursday on aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse, aggravated burglary and child endangerment.
    ‘‘He’s presumed innocent just like any other defendant situated similarly,’’ said his attorney, Fernando Mack. ‘‘He just wants people to pray for him.’’
    Myisha Ferrell, a high school classmate of Cutts, also pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of obstructing justice and complicity to abuse of a corpse. Prosecutors say she helped dispose of Davis’ body.
    Trial was set for Sept. 18.
    Prosecutors declined to comment.

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