The state's case against Morris took shape Tuesday in a Tampa courtroom, leaping out at jurors, in a flurry of accounts from the night of July 29, 2010.
"(Morris) comes up over his shoulder and shoots so quickly, shoots both of these officers in the head," Harmon said.
Tampa Police officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab never had the chance to arrest Morris three years ago during a traffic stop.
They received two gunshots at close range, and the suspect left them lying in a heap on 50th Street.
Widow Kelly Curtis managed to smile on the stand when she identified her husband's penmanship.
"Do you recognize the handwriting on that notebook?" Curtis was asked.
"That's his handwriting," she replied. "Yes, it is."
Officer Curtis left the notebook on the front seat of his cruiser with Morris' name on it.
And there were other eyes watching. A police dash-cam video captured the double shooting on tape.
The defense hinted the manhunt that followed was for the wrong suspect.
"If you can imagine on June 29, 2010, Dontae Morris' life, this person's life, was turned upside down. He knew that there were multiple jurisdictions looking for a person named Dontae Morris and he knew what can only be described as a manhunt was underway," said defense attorney Karen Meeks.
But prosecutors say Morris texted the driver that night, Cortnee Brantley.
Brantley, who fled the scene too, was allegedly told to keep quiet, and stay loyal.
"He then responds at 2:34 a.m., 'Yeah, just lean back. Stay loyal.' Her response: 'Of course, 'til death do us part,'" Harmon said.
The trial is expected to last through the week. It resumes Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
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