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Cortnee Brantley being retried this week

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Cortnee Brantley will again face a jury as her retrial begins this week in federal court.

The first trial for Brantley, who has been in and out of court since the death of two Tampa police officers, was declared a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury.

Prosecutors will once again try to convince a jury she is guilty of failing to report a crime as a witness.

Brantley was driving the car Dontae Morris was in when police say he shot and killed Tampa officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab.

She's accused of not telling the officers that her boyfriend, Morris, was a felon with a gun. During her first trial in July, jurors were split on the decision and could not reach a verdict.

"I certainly want to thank the jurors," Brantley's attorney, Grady Irvin, said then. "They certainly took their time to weigh the evidence in this particular case. And felt that they couldn't come up with a decision."

Jurors would not say how they were split, but questions to the judge during deliberations indicated they had trouble deciding whether Brantley did something specific to conceal what she may have known about Morris.

Jury selection took place Monday, and four witnesses took the stand. A Tampa police officer went over text messages between Brantley and Morris after the shooting.

None of the evidence in the trial is new; but the jury is.

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