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Another is arrested in Ohio slaying

An ex-classmate of a murder suspect will be charged in connection with a woman's death.

June 25, 2007|From the Associated Press

CANTON, OHIO — A former classmate of the suspect in a pregnant woman's slaying was arrested Sunday on a related obstruction-of-justice charge, the FBI said.

Myisha Ferrell was arrested hours after the body of Jessie Davis, 26, was found Saturday in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, still carrying her dead, nearly full-term fetus. The Summit County medical examiner confirmed Sunday that the body was Davis'.

Sheriff's deputies and FBI agents arrested Ferrell after breaking down the door of her apartment and searching the home, Agent Scott Wilson said.

The Stark County Sheriff's Department refused to discuss the arrest, saying any information made public would hurt its case. Ferrell is to be arraigned today, Wilson said.

Davis, of Lake Township near Canton, was reported missing June 15 after her mother found Davis' 2-year-old son, 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 days, while investigators questioned her boyfriend, Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, a married police officer estranged from his wife. He is to be arraigned today on charges of murdering Davis and her fetus.

Davis' relatives have said they believe Cutts, of North Canton, is the father of Blake and Davis' unborn child.

Justin Lindstrom, 27, Ferrell's upstairs neighbor, 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.

Davis' body was found in a field in an area called Top O' the World because of its elevation.

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