TAMPA, Fla. - As he has sat in jail for nearly two years, Dontae Morris has still had access to small tastes of freedom.
Thanks to a jail bank account, the accused killer is able to buy snacks, reading material or even big ticket items like radios.
Now Kelly Curtis and Sara Kocab, the widows of the two Tampa officers Morris is accused of killing, want to change that. The two women filed wrongful death lawsuits against Morris, seeking damages in excess of $15,000.
"He should never benefit one penny for what he did," said their attorney, Mark Wright.
Morris is accused of murdering officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab during a traffic stop in July 2010. He turned himself into police after a four day manhunt. Since then, records show $2,176.40 has been deposited into Morris' account at the Hillsborough County jail. Most of that has been donated by family members.
As of right now, he only has $2.33 left, but that's still more than the widows think he should have.
"We want to make sure that if he ever does recover any money that they will prevent him from having that money and using it to better his stay in jail," Wright said.
Kelly Curtis says they're not expecting to get any money out of Morris. But if they do, it will be donated to the Gold Shield Foundation, an organization that helps other families of law enforcement killed in the line of duty.
"The Gold Shield Foundation has given us this security blanket to know the kids' college education will be taken care of and that's not something I have to worry about," said Curtis.
Dontae Morris still has to be served the wrongful death lawsuits in jail. He'll then have 120 days to respond.
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