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Trial Begins In Police Killings Case

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin in a trial focusing on the 2010 shooting deaths of Tampa Police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab during a routine traffic stop in East Tampa.

Dontae Morris is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The trial began Tuesday morning in Tampa.

Court officials took four days to pick the jury in Orlando after Circuit Judge William Fuente ruled Morris could not get a fair trial in Hillsborough County. In addition to the police killings, Morris is awaiting trial in two other murder cases and was convicted earlier this year of yet another murder.

The prosecution is seeking the death sentence in only the Curtis and Kocab killings.

The Orange County jurors will be sequestered in a Hillsborough County hotel during trial.

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