Her mother reported her missing on June 15, , when she found her 2-year-old grandson Blake home alone, with bleach spilled on the floor and furniture broken and overturned. In televised reports, Davis' mother who had last spoken with her daughter two days earlier reported that Blake kept stating, "Mommy broke the table" and "Mommy's in the rug". The family "felt the toddler had already been through enough. Davis' boyfriend, Bobby Lee Cutts Jr. The Canton Police Department, which had not considered Cutts a suspect, did not participate in the arrest, which was executed by the FBI and the local Sheriffs department.
He was married to, but separated from, another woman at the time of the murder. According to Cutts, the couple had discussed a divorce.
This was with Todd Porter, a sportswriter with whom Cutts had previous contact. Cutts denied he was involved. He openly wept during an exclusive interview with The Repository from his home. The police raided Ferrell's apartment on June 23, seizing cleaning supplies and duct tape , among other things. A source close to Cutts told The Repository Saturday that Cutts said he asked a female friend help him remove Davis' body from her home. Arraignment[ edit ] Cutts and Ferrell were arraigned on June That same day, Cutts was suspended without pay from the Canton Police Department.
Subsequent court proceedings[ edit ] Each appeared at separate court hearings on July 2, before Judge Richard J. These preliminary hearings were meant for the prosecution to present sufficient probable cause to hold the accused. The complexity of the case, and the time frame of the arrests made this necessary as insufficient time existed to obtain an indictment.
Under the terms of her plea agreement , Ferrell was sentenced to two years in prison—a sentence that may be lengthened unless Ferrell testifies honestly at the trial of Cutts. The judge said he would consider releasing Ferrell on probation after one year. On February 11, Cutts took the stand and described Davis' death. He said that he struggled with her in her house and struck her in the throat with his elbow. Cutts testified that he tried to resuscitate Davis after she became unconscious.
He also said that he did not call because Davis didn't have a telephone in her house and he didn't know how to turn on her cell phone. The judge sentenced Cutts to life in prison with no eligibility for parole until 54 years of his sentence has been served. Final verdict and sentencing[ edit ] Bobby Cutts Jr.