Dontae Morris, the man convicted of killing two Tampa police officers, now fights to save his own life.
Thursday, Morris sat stoned-faced during the penalty phase of the trial as the family and the widows of the two officers told the judge about the lifelong sentence of pain and heartache Morris has caused them.
Cindy Warren, mother of Officer Dave Curtis was on the first to speak.
"It was reported he repented in jail but that was a lie because if he had been true and he had repented, he would have plead guilty," said Warren.
Officer Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab were killed by Morris during a traffic stop in June of 2010. The jury who convicted Morris also recommended the death penalty. Now a judge has to make the ultimate decision.
Hoping to sway the judge, widow Kelly Curtis said Morris can't blame anyone but himself for the life he is now living.
In a surprising revelation, she told the judge she once rooted for her husband's killer -- on the football field.
"Dontae Morris was on the same little league football team as my brother. I have pictures at home of the two of them playing side by side on the football field. He was good; he had a chance to make something of himself. He could have gone far with football, but he choose not to," said Curtis.
And taking back control is how the Sarah Kocab described the journey of her emotional healing.
"I'm not angry at you and I forgive you for killing my husband," she said before turning to the judge. "Your Honor, I would ask that you sentence Dontae Morris to death for the murders he has been convicted of by a jury of his peers."
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