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Judge: First murder trial against Dontae Morris won't be moved, at least for now

TAMPA — Dontae Morris is notorious for his arrest after the 2010 fatal shootings of Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab.

But when Morris stands trial July 30 for one of three other 2010 murders he's charged with, a judge says he will try to find impartial jurors in Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente released an order Tuesday denying a defense motion for a change of venue. He said the attorneys must try first to seat an impartial jury. If they can't, he'll reconsider.

The judge did agree with the defense that some of the photo identifications of Morris by witnesses were tainted by pretrial publicity and by improper police procedures. They won't be used.

Judge: First murder trial against Dontae Morris won't be moved, at least for now 07/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 11:14pm]
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