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Published On: Sun, Jun 1st, 2014

Florida cop killer Dontae Morris gets death penalty for 2010 slayings

A Florida man convicted of killing two police officers has been sentenced to death.

A Hillsborough County judge on Friday affirmed a jury’s recommendation that Dontae Morris receive the death penalty.

“I do order that Mr. Morris be taken by the proper authorities to the Florida State Prison and there be kept under confinement until a day for execution is set,” the judge said. “I do order that on that said date, Mr. Dontae Morris be put to death in the manner provided by law.”

Morris, 28, was convicted last years of first-degree murder for the slaying of police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab in June 2010. He was previously convicted of an unrelated murder and is awaiting trial in two other murder cases.

After the sentencing, prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty against Morris in one of the other pending cases.

Morris did not testify and the defense put on no witnesses and presented no evidence to defend him against charges in the officers’ killings during what started as a routine traffic stop when Morris’ girlfriend, Cortnee Brantley, was pulled over by Curtis for not having alicense plate on her car.

Morris is already serving life in prison without parole for his conviction in March of the murder of Rodney Jones.

Dontae Morris

Dontae Morris

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