Tampa cop killer sentenced to death

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on May 30, 2014 

Dontae Morris, 28, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, who were shot during a traffic stop during the early morning hours of June 29, 2010. Bay News 9.


From Bay News 9

TAMPA -- The jury voted unanimously when it recommended the death penalty for Dontae Morris in November.

Now, Judge William Fuente is following suit.

Fuente sentenced the convicted killer of two Tampa police officers to death Friday morning.

Despite being convicted more than six months ago in the 2010 murders of officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, legal wrangling had kept Morris from being sentenced.

Those delays ran out Friday.

The Tampa Police Department responded to the sentencing on its Facebook page: "Judge Fuente said the jury spoke loudly with its 12-0 vote for death. Morris sentenced to death on both counts. RIP Officer Dave Curtis and Officer Jeff Kocab."

The last delay came earlier this month when lawyers for Morris successfully argued a motion to delay sentencing because of a federal grand jury investigation into a former police detective and how he handled several cases, including Morris'.

Morris was found guilty in November of the officers' murders. He is already serving a life sentence for an earlier murder conviction and he still has to go on trial for two additional murders cases. Morris will receive an automatic appeal to the death sentence, which is standard. When asked in court if he had anything to say to the court, Morris said: "no." The widows of the officers, Kelly Curtis and Sara Kocab-Redmon spoke after today's sentencing.

"This has been an extremely long, hard and trying four years, our faith, family and friends has help get us through this process," Kelly Curtis said. "Dave and Jeff died as heroes trying to protect this community and it is our hope that they are always remembered in that manner and that they are never forgotten."

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