Ex-girlfriend of Dontae Morris arrested for...

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 12:14:29-05

UPDATE:  On Sunday morning a Hillsborough County judge set bond at $102,000 for Cortnee Brantley, the former girlfriend of convicted police killer Dontae Morris, on domestic violence and criminal mischief charges. The judge set bond at $100,000 on the domestic violence charge and $2,000 on the criminal mischief charge at Brantley's first appearance. Brantley was arrested early Saturday after Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said she struck her current girlfriend in the head and damaged her car with a concrete block. She remained in the Hillsborough County Jail as of midday Sunday.


Cortnee Brantley, the former girlfriend of convicted cop killer Dontae Morris, has been arrested for domestic violence and criminal mischief after chasing and punching her domestic partner early Saturday.

About 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office received a 911 call about a report of domestic violence and a criminal mischief incident was occurring in the parking lot of 111 U.S. 301 S. in Hillsborough County, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office news release states.

The victim, Leandra Echevarria, told deputies she and Brantley were returning from a going away party before Brantley was to turn herself in to jail on Monday when the incident began, the release states.

The argument turned violent when Brantley grabbed Echevarria's right arm and attempted to grab the steering wheel. Echevarria told deputies she parked the car and attempted to get away from Brantley, but Brantley began to chase her, punched her on the head and pulled a necklace from her neck.

Brantley picked up a piece of concrete and struck Echevarria's car, a Chrysler Crossfire, damaging the panels. She then threw the concrete through the driver's door window.

Brantley was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail for booking.