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Juror: shooting video sealed Morris's guilt

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It took the jury less than hour to send convicted killer Dontae Morris to death row.

He shot and killed two Tampa police officers, Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, in 2010.

Dashcam video showed Morris doing it.

Now one of those jury members is talking about the case, the video, and deciding on the death penalty.

While serving as a juror in the trial was a privilege, James Grogan said it was also traumatic.

"Cold-blooded killer, no doubt in my mind," he said. "Absolute evil person."

Plucked from his quiet home life in Orlando, Grogan had the task of deciding whether Morris was responsible for the murders.

Grogan said his mind was made up the first day of the trial, when prosecutors played graphic and disturbing dash cam video of Morris shooting both officers in the head.

"That sealed the deal. I was staring at the face of evil," said Grogan. "To see two people murdered right there on camera like that, I never want to see that again."

After watching the video, Grogan said he and his fellow jurors knew right away Morris was the killer.

Throughout the week-long trial, several witnesses took the stand, but Grogan outright rejected the testimony of Morris' mother and aunt.

"You can tell they were coached, and it was sugar-coated to make him out like he was damn near a Boy Scout, and that was, forget it," Grogan said. "His own mother didn't even want him at age 15."

Grogan said he had no problem sending Morris to death row.

He said there are no winners in this case.

"Society has one evil person taken off the street," said Grogan. "He will never be free again."

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