TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - An attorney for convicted murderer Dontae Morris is asking that his client be given more visitation privileges and phone rights while in the Hillsborough County Jail.
Morris has been housed by himself in a single cell since he was arrested in July of 2010 on charges he gunned down Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab on June 29 of that year. He has been convicted of those murders and is scheduled to be sentenced next week; he also is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of another man, Rodney Jones, and faces two more murder trials in the slayings of Harold Wright and Derek Anderson.
Attorney Byron Hileman filed a motion this week in Hillsborough County Circuit Court asking that Morris receive the standard visitation and phone privileges. He said the jail severely restricts who is allowed to visit Morris and that he does not think Morris is allowed to use the phone.
“He is more restricted than most people who are in isolation cells,” Hileman said.
Hileman plans to argue the motion May 30 before the sentencing phase begins.
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