2 Slain Officers’ Relatives Want Death For Morris

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The relatives of two slain Tampa police officers say they want the man convicted of killing them sentenced to death.

In November, a jury found Dontae Morris guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and unanimously recommended that he face the death penalty.

Morris shot the officers during a 2010 traffic stop.

Circuit Judge William Fuente will sentence Morris this summer. At a hearing Thursday, family members of David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab told Fuente that they want Morris to be put to death. Fuente said their statements would not affect his decision.

Morris declined to speak at the hearing. A psychologist testified that Morris has unusually low intellectual ability. Morris’ mother was scheduled to address Fuente when the hearing continues Friday.

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