Jury spares former officer Bobby Cutts Jr. from death penalty in Canton, Ohio

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CANTON, Ohio " A jury in Ohio has spared a former police officer convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn daughter from the death penalty.

Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison with the chance of parole after 30 years for Bobby Cutts Jr. A judge will decide on a sentence later Wednesday.

Cutts tearfully testified during his trial that he accidentally killed 26-year-old Jessie Davis with an elbow to the throat during an argument last June, then panicked. Prosecutors said he wanted to avoid child support payments for another child.

He could have faced the death penalty for his conviction on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of the fetus.


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