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Prosecutors reject bench trial for Dontae Morris' girlfriend

TAMPA — Federal prosecutors said Friday they would not agree to a bench trial for the girlfriend of a man accused of killing two Tampa police officers.

Cortnee Brantley's attorney filed a motion Thursday asking for a trial in which the judge, not a jury, would weigh evidence and reach a verdict on a charge that Brantley refused to aid investigators after the shooting deaths of Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis in 2010.

Brantley's boyfriend, Dontae Morris, is charged with gunning down the officers during a traffic stop.

Brantley, 24, was tried on a charge of misprision of a felony last month. But a jury could not reach a verdict, and a U.S. District Court judge declared a mistrial. A new trial is scheduled to open Sept. 4. Brantley faces three years in prison if convicted.

A bench trial cannot take place without the agreement of prosecutors.

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