Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Prosecutors said a former classmate of a man suspected of killing his pregnant girlfriend helped dispose of her body, then lied to investigators

Associated Press:

Myisha Ferrell allegedly helped a former classmate move the body of a pregnant woman, court papers say

Myisha Ferrell has been charged with obstruction of justice in the deaths of Jessie Davis and her fetus but could face additional charges, prosecutor Frank Forchione told a judge Monday.

Investigators have previously said Ferrell lied to authorities investigating the deaths, but have not given details.

Davis' family says she did not know Ferrell. Ferrell attended high school with Bobby Cutts Jr., a Canton police officer accused of killing 26-year-old Davis and the girl she planned to name Chloe.

Cutts, 30, is the father of Davis' 2½-year-old son, and her family says he was the father of the baby that was due to be delivered Tuesday.

Both Cutts and Ferrell waived preliminary hearings on Monday. Cutts' attorney said the move would help ensure a fair trial for his client by keeping evidence from the public for now.

Attorney Bradley Iams said he planned to do everything he can in "not allowing bits and pieces of the evidence out."

Davis was killed in her home near North Canton on June 14, authorities say. Her body was found nine days later and about 25 miles away after thousands of volunteers searched the area. Authorities have not said how they found it.

In a separate court appearance when Ferrell sought a reduction to her $500,000 bond, the prosecutor said Ferrell helped hide Davis' body and lied to authorities several times. Judge Richard Kubilus would not lower the bond.

Ferrell's attorney, John Alexander Jr., said he was upset that Forchione discussed the accusations against his client.

"I didn't think it was necessarily appropriate to say that," Alexander said.

Forchione defended the move, saying Ferrell helped dispose of the body.

"That comment was important for the judge to hear so we could keep a high cash bond of half a million dollars on an obstruction of justice case, which is generally a higher bond than necessary," he said.

If Cutts' preliminary hearing had gone forward, prosecutors would have been required to inform the court why Cutts was arrested in Davis' murder. The case will be sent to a grand jury, from which prosecutors will seek an indictment.

Cutts' family and his pastor, the Rev. C.A. Richmond, declined to comment afterward.

Davis' mother, Patricia Porter, sat a few feet from Cutts in court and said afterward that she has no feelings toward him.

"I want him to have a fair trial probably more than anybody, because at some point I'm going to have to explain all this to my grandson," Porter said.

Davis was reported missing when her mother went to her daughter's home and found the surviving son, 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."

Cutts, who also has a child with his estranged wife, was arrested the day the body was found. He has been held in lieu of $5 million bond.

Defense Wants To Keep Evidence Quiet In Pregnant Woman Slaying


At 5:09 PM, Blogger Debra said...

I think that the obstruction of justice charge should be commuted and most definately the bound is far to high considering "our" president feels that obstruction of justice is not a crime. It is amazing as to how double standards are played in this country. Just who determines who is important and who is not?

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Jezzibelle said...

Sad example there for us African Americans...one step forward and 100 steps back.......idiots....nice examples for your children Bobby and Myisha........thank God I'm proud, educated and sensible....

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing as to how double standards are played in this country.

You are a total idiot Debra -- Libby was not accused of being complicit in a gruesome (double) murder. And a charge can be thrown out, e.g. for lack of evidence, but not "commuted". The other penalties against Libby -- the fine and probation -- still stand.

Although I do not blame anyone for being angry at just about anything and everything that idiot Bush does, including his ill-advised setting aside of Libby's jail sentence.

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost forgot: what a pig. And get a load of that 'Huh?' expression. Yes sir -- a fine result of millions of years of evolution. And people wonder and self-righteously bleat about why Whites are 'prejudiced' against Blacks. Not that there aren't a load of despicable Whites, but body for body there are a lot more despicable Blacks.


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