Slayings Suspect Accused of Intimidating Witnesses

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

Tampa, Fla. (AP) –

Prosecutors say a Tampa man accused of killing two police officers last year is being kept in isolation because he used telephone and video visitation privileges to intimidate witnesses in the case.

Attorneys for 25-year-old Dontae Morris told a judge in a Friday hearing that the ban on visits, calls or letters was "inhumane" and asked that the restrictions be listed. The judge will rule on
the motion later.

Prosecutors say most of the phone calls Morris made from jail were to his brother, who then used three-way calling to contact others who had given statements to police.

Morris is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, who were gunned down during a traffic stop in July.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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