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Attorney: detective's probe affects sentencing

May 6, 2014
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys representing a convicted cop killer have filed a motion to continue their client's sentencing hearing because one of the detectives who testified against Morris is the target of a federal grand jury investigation.

Defense attorney for Dontae Morris filed the motion to continue a sentencing hearing because of a scandal swirling around Tampa police detective Eric Houston, who was fired last month.

Houston was a homicide investigator who worked on some of the city's more publicized cases.

Houston was placed on administrative leave the day the police department was notified of a federal probe. The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports that the focus of that investigation remains a mystery.

A jury recommended the death sentence for Morris, who was convicted of killing two Tampa police officers.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,



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