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Probe of Tampa cop wins Cortnee Brantley more time to appeal

TAMPA — A federal appeals court Friday granted Cortnee Brantley more time to file a brief outlining her case, a delay sought by her attorney after a detective who helped convict her became the subject of a grand jury probe.

Brantley, ex-girlfriend of cop-killer Dontae Morris, was sentenced in June to a year in prison for failing to tell authorities that Morris was a felon with a loaded gun. She has been free on bail.

Former Tampa police Det. Eric Houston, who testified at her trial, supervised the crime scene after two police officers were shot during a 2010 traffic stop.

He was recently dismissed amid a federal probe over conduct that police Chief Jane Castor called "egregious" but has not been publicly disclosed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Rhodes opposed the 30-day delay, noting that it would be Brantley's fourth. Defense attorney Grady Irvin told the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that questions about Houston's credibility could affect the case.

Without comment, the court extended the deadline to May 28.

Probe of Tampa cop wins Cortnee Brantley more time to appeal 05/02/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2014 6:22pm]
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