Cause of death inconclusive as Cutts prosecutors rest case

Bobby Cutts, Jr. at his murder trial (center) seated with defense attorneys.
Bobby Cutts, Jr. at his murder trial (center) seated with defense attorneys.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A medical examiner says the rate of decomposition from nine days of exposure in the summer heat made it impossible to determine how a pregnant woman died.

Doctor Lisa Kohler testified Friday in fifth day of Bobby Cutts Jr.'s murder trial. Prosecutors are expected to rest their case Friday.

Kohler told jurors it was possible that Jessie Marie Davis was strangled, but she could not make a definitive ruling. Kohler ruled Davis' manner of death as unspecified homicidal violence.

An obstetrician who examined Davis a few days before she was killed testified that the unborn girl she was carrying was healthy and could have survived a birth then.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.