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Girlfriend of suspect in deaths of Tampa officers to be tried in June

TAMPA — The girlfriend of a man accused of killing two Tampa police officers will go on trial in June for her role in the 2010 shooting, a federal judge said Thursday.

Attorneys in the case involving Cortnee Brantley said they expect testimony to take about three days. As the trial draws closer, the judge will set an exact date.

Police have said Brantley, then 22, drove away after a traffic stop in which Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot and killed on June 29, 2010. Authorities also accuse Brantley of concealing the fact that her boyfriend, shooting suspect Dontae Morris, was a felon with a gun.

Brantley, of Seffner, has been charged with misprision of a felony. The crime of misprision requires "knowledge of a crime and some affirmative act of concealment or participation," the U.S. Attorney's Office has said.

In October 2010, a federal judge in Tampa ruled that the government had failed to show that Brantley not only knew about the gun but took some specific act to conceal it. He dismissed the charge.

U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill appealed the case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which earlier this year overturned the judge's decision to dismiss the case.

Morris has been charged with first-degree murder in the officers' deaths and is awaiting trial in state court.

Girlfriend of suspect in deaths of Tampa officers to be tried in June 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:02pm]
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