Dontae Morris Sentenced to Death

This morning a Hillsborough County judge affirmed a jury’s recommendation that Dontae Morris receive the death penalty.

Jurors found Morris guilty last year on two counts of first degree murder. Morris killed officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab during a traffic stop in June 2010.

The jury also unanimously recommended that Morris should face the death penalty. The judge is not bound by the jury’s recommendation, but he must give it great weight, and this morning Dantae Morris was sentenced to death.

Morris was previously convicted of an unrelated murder and is also awaiting trial in two other murder cases.