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Dontae Morris sentenced to death for murders of Tampa police officers

Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,497 AG

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'.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn applauded the sentence.
“Our entire community was changed the day that Dontae Morris took the lives of our officers," Buckhorn said. "Each step along the way has brought us to where we are today. It began with the manhunt and later the arrest of Morris, and in November, with one voice, the jury said that he will never have the opportunity to inflict evil on our community again. With today’s sentencing, there is justice and finally, closure."

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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  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,693 AG
    Good deal, that muthra needs to fry.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • dstockwelldstockwell Posts: 13,813 AG
    Takes to **** long to carry out a death sentence. Send him to general prison population and see what happens.
    It is not the responsibility of the United States to solve the problems of other countries.
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