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After months of jail isolation, Dontae Morris gets to have some videoconference visits

TAMPA — Dontae Morris, the man accused of killing two Tampa police officers and three other men, can have videoconference visits from his mother and grandmother, Hillsborough County jail officials have agreed.

Morris, 25, in jail since his July 3, 2010, arrest, was cut off from outside communication two months ago, according to a motion filed by his attorney.

Police thought he was misusing phone, mail and visitation privileges to endanger witnesses.

Morris' attorney argued that the "extreme isolation" of being separated from the jail's general population, combined with no outside contact, was inhumane.

Col. Jim Previtera, the jail commander, said that Morris will be allowed to schedule visits with his mother and grandmother via videoconferences, which will be monitored, starting Monday. The jail also has made other accommodations for him, including a strict vegetarian diet, Previtera said.

Morris' attorneys are also requesting a hearing to discuss bail.

After months of jail isolation, Dontae Morris gets to have some videoconference visits 05/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:57am]
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