TAMPA - Dontae Morris, accused of murdering two police officers and a Tampa man, was charged with a fourth murder on Friday.
Detectives say he killed a Hillsborough County man, 25-year-old Harold Wright, on June 8. Saturday Morris went before a judge again to face this latest charge. He continues to remain behind bars at the Hillsborough County Jail.
Wright was discovered on the side of the road at 2003 51st Street South in Tampa. He died on the way to the hospital from a gunshot wound.
Last week, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee named Morris as Wright's probable killer.
“He is a prime suspect in that murder and we're working that simultaneous to what we have going on here with the police officers and working up probable cause on that as well," Gee said.
Gee says the shooting may have been drug-related and that detectives were looking at Morris as a person of interest. "It was a name that was known to us did not know the extent of his involvement.”
But, at the time, they didn't have enough to make an arrest.
Morris is charged with First Degree Murder with a Firearm and Attempted Robbery with a Fire Arm in Wright's death.
Morris turned himself in last Friday night after running from authorities for four days.
He's accused of gunning down officers Jeffrey Kocab and Dave Curtis on June 29 during a traffic stop. He's also charged with killing 18-year-old Derek Anderson, who was shot May 18th at the Kenneth Court Apartments in Tampa.
Morris is a person of interest in a fifth Tampa homicide. But no details have been provided about that crime.
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