TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two Tampa Police officers has been convicted in another, unrelated fatal shooting.
A jury found 27-year-old Dontae Morris guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and attempted robbery. He faces a mandatory life sentence.
Authorities say Morris killed 42-year-old Rodney Jones outside the Cotton Club in West Tampa on May 31, 2010. Officials say that one month after that incident, Morris shot and killed officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis. Prosecutors are seeking a death sentence in that case. Morris also faces separate murder trials in the killings of Harold Wright and Derek Anderson.
The jurors in the current trial were selected from Orlando because too many potential jurors in Tampa were aware that Morris is also awaiting trial in the four other slayings.