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Judge to decide whether killer should be executed

Judge to decide whether killer should be executed
Posted March 15th, 2014 @ 7:18am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Hillsborough County judge is deliberating the fate of a man convicted of killing two Tampa police officers.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente heard testimony Thursday and Friday regarding Dontae Morris. A jury in November found Morris guilty of the murders of Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis and recommended he be sentenced to death.

He fatally shot the officers during a traffic stop in 2010.

During Friday's hearing, a doctor said she could find little in Morris' behavior to suggest his judgment was crippled by below-average intelligence. His attorneys have suggested otherwise.

Fuente asked prosecutors and defense attorneys to submit written arguments about whether Morris should receive the death penalty. The judge is expected to make a decision by the end of May.

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