Ex-classmate of Ohio Murder Suspect Faces Obstruction Of Justice Charge In Pregnant-Woman Case

Associated Press Writer

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A day after authorities arrested a pregnant woman's boyfriend on murder charges, one of the man's former classmates was jailed for allegedly hindering the investigation.

Bobby Cutts Jr. and Myisha Ferrell were scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Cutts, a police officer, faces charges of murdering 26-year-old Jessie Davis and her fetus. His friend, Myisha Ferrell, faces one count of obstruction of justice.

The Stark County sheriff's office said Ferrell, 29, was arrested and jailed Sunday, but declined to release other information, including whether she had a lawyer.

Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents with a search warrant broke down the door of Ferrell's apartment Saturday night, agent Scott Wilson said. She was not home during the search.

Davis' body was found Saturday in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, still carrying her dead, nearly full-term fetus. The Summit County medical examiner confirmed the identity Sunday.

Davis, of Lake Township near Canton, was reported missing June 15 after her mother found her 2-year-old grandson, Blake, home alone, with bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor. Blake gave investigators some of their first clues, saying: "Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy's in rug."

Thousands of volunteers searched for Davis for several days, while investigators questioned Cutts, a Canton police officer who has an estranged wife.

Cutts, 30, is the father of Davis' son. Her relatives have said they believed Cutts also was the father of the fetus Davis was carrying. Davis' mother had said Davis planned to name the baby Chloe.

Davis' family members and Cutts' lawyer did not return calls for comment Sunday. Cutts' pastor, the Rev. C.A. Richmond, declined to comment as he entered services in Canton.

Justin Lindstrom, 27, an upstairs neighbor of Ferrell's, said officers spent two hours searching the woman's apartment Saturday night before leaving with several full, brown paper bags and bottles of bleach from the basement.

Authorities would not describe what the deputies seized.

Ferrell worked at a Denny's restaurant until quitting her job Friday, Lindstrom said. A manager at Denny's confirmed that Ferrell had worked there as a dishwasher.

Lindstrom said he never really hit it off with Ferrell, who lives in the apartment downstairs with her 11-year-old daughter. He said she had parties every night.

Davis' body was found in an area with a dirt road, a small dirt parking area and a couple of benches overlooking a grassy field.

Over the weekend, people placed flowers and red and yellow ribbons just below a sign identifying the park. Just down the road from where the expectant mother's body was found, someone posted a sign saying, "God bless you Jessie and Chloe, forever in our hearts."

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