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Jury selection begins in Dontae Morris trial

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It will be a tough couple of days for the Tampa Bay area, as the trial for Dontae Morris is getting underway.

Jury selection begins in Orlando, and FOX 13's Gloria Gomez reports it could take all week to seat a jury.

On Monday morning, dozens of potential jurors filed through the courtroom, with a judge asking them about their knowledge of the case. About half of them indicated they were aware of the shooting deaths of Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, and that Morris was the suspected murderer.

It happened in 2010 during a traffic stop. Both officers were shot and killed at the scene.

Chief Jane Castor says the trial will close one chapter - but it will also likely reopen many emotional wounds. The chief says the hardest part is thinking about the officers' families.

"What brings it home for me is to see those Curtis boys you know as they grow, to really think about the fundamental unfairness of them having to grow up without their father," Castor said.

The officer's families were in court Monday.

Morris already knows he will die behind bars.

In March, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for gunning down a rival outside a Tampa nightclub, but if a jury convicts him during this upcoming trial for the death of two police officers - experts say it's likely this time he'll get the death penalty.

The jury is being selected in Orlando because of the high-profile nature of the case in Tampa.

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