Plant City Courier
Prosecutors plan new trial for Cortnee Brantley
TAMPA - A day after a judge declared a mistrial, federal prosecutors announced they plan to retry Cortnee Brantley on charges connected to the fatal shooting of two Tampa police officers. Authorities said Dontae Morris was a passenger in Brantley's car during a traffic stop in June 2010. Investigators said Morris got out of the car and gunned down the officers. Investigators said Brantley actively concealed from authorities the fact that Morris had committed the federal crime of being a felon in a possession of a firearm. She was charged with misprision of a felony. A jury deliberated for nine hours and on Wednesday said it was deadlocked. U.S. District Judge James Moody then declared a mistrial.On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced plans to pursue the case. "Pursuant to this court's inquiry, following the declaration of a mistrial in this case, the United States informs the court of its intent to pursue its prosecution and to retry the defendant at such time as the court deems appropriate," O'Neill wrote in a court filing. Stay with TBO.com for updates.