Federal grand jury indicts Cortnee Brantley in Morris case
TAMPA – A federal grand jury Wednesday handed up an indictment against Cortnee Brantley, who police said was driving the car Dontae Morris emerged from and fatally shot police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab.
Brantley, 22, is charged with a federal crime of failing to report a felony.
Brantley was arrested the afternoon of June 29 and told investigators she had communicated with Morris after the pair fled the shooting scene at 50th Street and 23rd Avenue. However, she would not divulge the nature of those communications, police said. She was released after those interviews.
Brantley was rearrested July 2. She has been released on bail.
Her attorney, Grady Irvin, was not immediately available for comment.
Also, the federal judge overseeing the Brantley case was recused.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson asked to be taken off the case because his daughter is a Tampa police corporal. The request was granted.
The indictment is not the only action against Brantley. Tampa police have applied for search warrants for the cell phones of Morris and Brantley as part of the investigation into who hid Morris during a four-day manhunt after Curtis and Kocab were killed.
That manhunt ended July 2, when Morris was found and charged with killing Curtis and Kocab, police said.
The search warrant request asks MetroPCS Wireless to turn over the location of the phones, all incoming and outgoing calls, text messages and captured data and cell site quadrants between 12:01 a.m. June 28 through July 3.
MetroPCS was the cell phone provider for Morris and Brantley. Morris’ cell phone had a Hillsborough County area code, and Brantley’s phone had a Polk County area code, according to the application.