CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer accused of strangling a woman pregnant with his child knew where her body was but had nothing to do with her death, a defense lawyer told jurors at the man's murder trial Monday.

The lawyer said prosecutors did not have evidence that Bobby Cutts Jr. killed Jessie Marie Davis and hoped only to enrage jurors enough to convict him of murder. "They hope that you'll lose your way," Fernando Mack said.

Prosecutors said Cutts strangled Davis, dumped her body and lied to police as thousands searched for her last summer in a case that drew national attention. Their 2 1/2-year-old son, Blake, gave investigators some of the first clues after his 26-year-old mother disappeared, saying: "Mommy's in the rug."