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Mistrial Declared for Driver in Officer Shooting

By: AP
By: AP
A mistrial has been declared in the case against a Tampa Bay area woman facing federal charges.

This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A mistrial has been declared in the case against a Tampa Bay area woman facing federal charges connected to two Tampa police officers being fatally shot outside her car.

The jury had deliberated for about nine hours over two days. The judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after the second time jurors informed him they couldn't reach a verdict. It wasn't immediately clear if prosecutors would seek a new trial.

Cortnee Brantley had been charged with not telling authorities that her passenger, Dontae Morris, was a convicted felon in possession of a gun and ammunition.

Authorities say Brantley was pulled over by Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab on June 29, 2010, and Morris got out of the car and killed them. Morris still awaits trial on first-degree murder charges.

AP-WF-07-18-12 2102GMT


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