New docs detail timeline for murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez

TOWSON, Md. - Timothy Virts , accused in the murder of the mother of his children, Bobbie Jo Cortez, waived his right to a bail review hearing in Baltimore County Tuesday.  The development comes as charging documents related to the case are released.

READ | Timothy Virts charging documents

Those documents detail the hours leading up to the Amber Alert issued for the couple's daughter, 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts.  According to police, Virts and Cortez were scheduled to have a custody hearing in a Baltimore County court on the day of the murder.  That case could have resulted in Virts losing custody/visitation of the couple's twin daughters, although older records obtained by ABC2 indicate Cortez had sole physical custody of the girls.  Virts was granted visitation every other weekend according to court records filed in 2011.

In charging documents, police say Cortez was last seen alive in the morning hours of March 5.  The paperwork shows Cayla Virts returned home that night and wanted to see her mother.  When she asked Virts if her mother could tuck her in, he laughed at her and she did not go downstairs to her mother's basement bedroom.

On the morning of March 6, records show Cayla went downstairs looking for her mother.  Police say when she found a locked door, she used a butter knife to gain entry.  She found Cortez unresponsive on her bed, with stab wounds to her body.  Another adult in the home then noticed Caitlyn Virts was missing from the home, prompting the Amber Alert that was called off days later when the little girl was found unharmed in South Carolina .

Virts remains behind bars in Baltimore County with no bail.  He's been charged with first degree murder in the death of Cortez, the mother of his twin girls and an additional set of twin boys who live with his father.

 
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