Cortnee Brantley pleads not guilty in federal court - FOX 13 News

Cortnee Brantley pleads not guilty in federal court


The woman accused of driving the alleged killer the night two Tampa police officers were murdered returned to federal court Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea in the case.

Cortnee Brantley is charged with failing to report a crime by a known felon.

Her attorney says Brantley's not reporting the crime proves that there is no evidence that she aided or abetted suspected killer Dontae Morris in the shooting deaths of Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis.

Brantley is expected to go to trial in early October. She was released from prison in early July and fitted with an ankle monitoring bracelet, under strict orders to remain at home other than going to work, church, school, and meetings with her lawyer.

Police say Brantley was driving the car that Officer Kocab pulled over in the early morning hours of June 29 for not having a visible license plate, and Morris was her passenger. Officer Kocab called Officer Curtis for backup when he noticed that Morris had an outstanding warrant for writing a fraudulent check.

According to police reports, the two officers were attempting to place Morris under arrest when he turned around and shot them both in the head.

Morris was on the run for four days after the officers were killed before he turned himself in to police. He is being held without bond and could face the death penalty if convicted. Morris has also been charged in two other Tampa murders that occurred after he was released from state prison in April.

He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges he is facing last month

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