One of Tampa Bay's most prominent defense attorneys predicts that accused police killer Dontae Morris has little chance of beating the case against him.
"He's going to get convicted. He's going to get the death penalty," said Barry Cohen, a Tampa based lawyer.
"He's the architect of his own agony. He made this situation and he will get what the justice system demands."
Morris's trial begins on Monday in Orlando, where jury selection will take place. Once jurors are seated, they'll be brought back to Hillsborough County for testimony in court.
The judge in the case will allow jurors to see graphic dashcam video that shows officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis being shot at point blank range during a traffic stop in 2010. It's evidence that Cohen said will help convict Morris.
"When he took the lives of two police officers for no damn good reason, then he has to pay the consequences," Cohen said. "You're not going to win."
Cohen said Morris's defense team could use mental health issues as a defense, but he predicts that will backfire.
"Mental issues and problems are not going to be accepted by a jury who's going to find his conduct repugnant and unacceptable," Cohen said.
Defense attorneys for Morris have tried to get their client to submit to psychological exams, but he's refused. Morris also reportedly won't avoid the death penalty if he's convicted.
Cohen said he believes there are larger societal issues with suspects like Morris, such as why someone would have the ability to take the lives of two officers will no thought or remorse.
"These misfits, these angry people, these psychopaths who kill a human being like some of us step on a cockroach," said Cohen. "We're not doing anything to deal with that issue."
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