Tampa federal jury finds Cortnee Brantley guilty of concealing evidence, judge has questions
Cary Williams , Rob Munoz
2:01 PM, Jan 16, 2013
1:56 PM, Feb 6, 2013
TAMPA - A high-profile trial came to a highly unusual halt on Wednesday.
The ex-girlfriend of the man accused of killing two Tampa police officers was found guilty of concealing information.
A federal jury determined that Cortnee Brantley knew that Dontae Morris was a felon in possession of a firearm and tried to hide that fact from investigators.
But District Judge James Moody wanted clarification from jurors about the wording of the verdict and sent the panel back for further deliberations.
The jurors returned with no changes to the wording and Moody withheld adjudication. He did not set a date for sentencing.
Morris is accused of killing Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab in June, 2010.
Earlier Wednesday, jurors had been in deliberation for four hours, when they came back to the judge with a question:
Why was Cortnee Brantley pulled over back in 2010? Was it because her license plate was missing? Or was it because the tag was missing or out of date?
The question is important because a video from that fateful night, shows there was no license plate on the car. If the tag was missing, it would imply that Brantley later took off the license plate to conceal her car from police, but if her plate was missing, then the tag would be inconsequential.
The answer from the judge: the "license tag" was missing.