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Dontae Morris' brother, Dwayne Callaway, again denied bail

TAMPA — Dwayne Callaway, whose brother Dontae Morris is accused of killing two Tampa police officers, was denied bail Monday on an unrelated charge that arose while authorities investigated the killings.

Callaway, 21, was arrested Saturday on charges of drug possession and probation violation. He was denied bail Sunday, but his charges were upgraded to include being a felon in possession of a firearm. So he faced a judge again Monday and was again denied bail.

Meanwhile, Cortnee Brantley, 22, awaits her first appearance on a federal charge relating to the officers' deaths. Police say she was the driver, and Morris the passenger, when Morris shot the two officers during a traffic stop June 29.

Brantley was charged Friday on a federal charge of witnessing a felony and failing to report it.

And on Monday, Morris remained confined in the high-security wing of the Orient Road Jail. It remains unclear who will represent him.

The Public Defender's Office said Sunday that it was searching for a private lawyer for Morris because one of its defenders cited a conflict. One of the office's lawyers told a judge it had represented Brantley last week.

Dontae Morris' brother, Dwayne Callaway, again denied bail 07/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:45am]
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