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Ex-Lover Testifies Dontae Morris Confessed to Killing Officers

Ex-Lover Testifies Dontae Morris Confessed to Killing Officers

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - One of the prosecution's key witnesses took the stand during the second day of testimony in the murder trial of Dontae Morris.

Ashley Price, who had a relationship with Morris, testified that Morris called her after officers Jeff Kocab and Dave Curtis were shot during a traffic stop.

"What did he say to you, like in the very beginning of the conversation?," asked prosecutor Scott Harmon.

"That he did it," replied Price.

"Did he tell you that he shot the officers to get away from them?," continued Harmon.

"Yes."

"Did he tell you how many police officers there were?"

"Yes."

"How many?"

"Two."

"And did he tell you where he shot them, what part of their bodies?"

"Yes."

"And where did he tell you he shot them?"

"In the head."

Price, who is a convicted felon, insisted she was not offered a deal in exchange for her testimony.  But she did admit the police department paid to relocate her because she feared for her life.

That prompted a defense motion for a mistrial.  Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente denied the motion, but agreed to tell jurors any threats to Price did not come from Morris.

The lead detective in the case also testified that the voice heard in the dash-cam video of the shooting was definately that of Morris'.

 

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