Widows of TPD officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab take the stand at Dontae Morris sentencing

TAMPA - The widows of Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab took the stand Tuesday morning to describe their lives since their husbands were murdered by Dontae Morris.

They made their statements before a jury during the sentencing phase of Morris' trial.

Kelly Curtis went first. "Every day I wish I could go back and erase what happened that night so we could have our happy little family again and not just rely on pictures and stories to keep his memory alive," she said.

Sara Kocab-Redmon, who was pregnant when her husband was killed,  took the stand shortly after Kelly Curtis.

"I was ripped from my sleep with a knock on the door that would be the beginning of my life spinning rapidly out of control. I can't put into words the feeling that raced through me when I found out that Jeff was murdered," she said.

Sara Kocab's baby was later delivered stillborn.

"Lily was delivered stillborn, so almost a month after burying my husband, I buried our baby."

Morris was found guilty Friday night of first-degree murder.

Click the video player above to watch the statements.

Print this article Back to Top