The murder of Jessie Davis and her daughter Chloe has been inching back into the spotlight over the past couple weeks.
The Summit County coroner finally delivered his verdict and it's official: Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter's death were a homicide. No reasons were given for his finding. Officials are still keeping a airtight lid on information regarding the case and I'm convinced it's because they really want this case tried in Stark County.
Jessie's mother, Patty Porter was granted an extension of the temporary custody give her by Family Court and is requesting permanent custody of Blake Davis, Jessie's son by Bobby Cutts' parents. Cutts' estranged wife filed for divorce three days after his arrest and still refuses to talk to the media. I feel sorry for the families this ordeal has touched. I can only imagine how difficult this is for them.
On Friday an arraignment hearing was held and Bobby Cutts Jr. entered a plea of "Not guilty." to multiple charges: three counts of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and child-endangering as well as two counts of abusing a corpse. Our prosecutors didn't mess around -- they threw the book at him.
Cutts has "lawyered up" with new counsel -- a firm from Cleveland that specializes in death penalty cases. Yeah, we have the death penalty in Ohio and, if convicted, he could face up to three death penalties.
In another hearing on Friday, Cutts's accomplice, Myisha Ferrell , also delivered a "Not guilty" to obstruction of justice and gross abuse of a corpse. The Stark County Sheriff is not revealing Ms. Ferrell's role in Jessie Davis' death but she faces up to 6 years in prison if convicted.
In addition, Stark County Common Pleas Judge, Charles E. Brown, Jr., has issued a gag order limiting what can be said in reference to the case. Officials are being careful which tells me how badly they want to keep the trial here.
The Clerk of Courts is putting together a jury pool of five hundred names for Cutts' trial. The County Prosecutor is determined to keep the trial in Stark County. I hope they don't call me. I seem to get called rather frequently -- three times in the past ten years. I don't think they would let me serve anyway -- especially if I tell them I've blogged about it.
It looks like the media circus is over on this case as when I googled it there were few links to the latest events except for our local newspaper. I'm glad -- the families involved don't need any more turmoil. My prayer is that the guilty are punished swiftly so they can deal with their grief and get back to a semblance of a normal life.