Federal prosecutors to retry Courtnee Brantley, former girlfriend of accused murderer Dontae Morris

TAMPA, Fla. - Federal prosecutors say they will retry Courtnee Brantley after a Tampa jury deadlocked. Brantley is charged with failing to report that Dontae Morris, accused of killing two police officers in 2010, was a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge James Moody hesitantly declared a mistrial on Wednesday after the jury deliberated for more than eight hours over two days.  The foreman told Moody they were deadlocked, and could not reach a verdict.

Pursuant to this Court's inquiry, following the declaration of a mistrial in this case, the United States informs the court of its intent to pursue its prosecution and to retry the defendant at such time as the court deems appropriate, "U.S Attorney Robert O'Neill wrote in a status report released on Thursday.

Investigators say Brantley was the driver of the car Morris was riding in when he allegedly shot and killed officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis during a traffic stop in 2010.

Morris is also charged with murdering three other people a few weeks before the police slayings.  The victims are identified as Derek Anderson, Rodney Jones and Harold Wright.

Brantley was not charged in connection with any of the murders.

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