Slain Pregnant Woman Remembered At Funeral Service

Saturday, June 30th 2007, 5:48 pm
By: News On 6

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Funeral services were held Saturday for a pregnant woman whose body was found in a park more than a week after she went missing.

Family members sobbed quietly as they approached the casket for 26-year-old Jessie Davis in front of about 750 mourners at the House of the Lord church.

``Our faith is challenged by what's going on,'' said Bishop F. Josephus Johnson II.

Authorities say Davis was killed by her police officer boyfriend in her home near North Canton on June 14. Her body was found nine days later after thousands of volunteers spent three days searching the area.

Her mother, Patricia Porter, said that even at a young age, her daughter wanted to help the needy through Christian missionary work.

``She always had a heart for God and a heart for people,'' Porter said.

Porter said her daughter had been a committed God-fearing person after doing overseas missionary work but at some point ``she took a wrong turn somewhere.''

Davis realized in church a few weeks ago that she needed to reform her life, her mother said. At the time Davis was unmarried and pregnant for a second time, apparently by the same married man now charged in her slaying.

Porter said her daughter told her, ``Mom, I feel like God has really spoken to me today because I need to get my life in order.''

Canton police officer Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Davis and her unborn baby, who was to be named Chloe. Davis had been due to deliver the baby Tuesday.