Dontae Morris' mother believes he is innocent, TPD Chief Castor says he is not

TAMPA - A hearing to determine the fate of cop killer Dontae Morris came to a close Friday morning.

Morris' mother, Selecia Watson, asked Judge William Fuente if she could speak to her son.

She then quoted Bible scriptures and a song by C.L. Franklin, 'Your Mother Loves Her Children.'

"A mother loves her children all the time, no matter what the problem, no matter what the crime," Watson said to Morris.

Watson said she still believes her son is innocent.

Afterward, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said she is certain of his guilt. She spoke of officers Jeffery Kocab and David Curtis, ripped away from their families and from their police brothers and sisters.

Castor recalled viewing the dash-cam video from that horrible night, June 29th, 2010.

"It is one of, if not the most horrific things I have ever seen," She said. "Outside of those who had to investigate, I have forbid anyone from our agency from viewing it."

She then told of the heartache of having to tell both wives that their husbands were gone. She went on to recall the officers' memorial service, where she spoke to one of David Curtis' young sons.

"It was all I could do to contain my tears when Austin, the youngest at 9-years old, asked me 'was my dad the strongest officer in here?' I assured him that he was," Castor said.

It is now up to Judge Fuente to make a final decision on whether Morris will live of die.

Both sides will submit in writing any other information they feel the judge should take into consideration by April 30th. Sentencing is set for May 30.

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