Lawyer: Police let Brantley be beaten

September 15th, 2010 by Staff

TAMPA – The driver of a man accused of killing two Tampa police officers repeatedly was punched by a relative while under law enforcement interrogation, according to a motion filed by her attorney in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

The motion states that family members were present at times during the seven-hour interrogation of Cortnee Brantley on June 29.

“During the interrogation members of law enforcement appeared to acquiesce to Ms. Brantley being repeatedly struck in the chest by a member of her family,” the motion states.

Her attorney, Grady Irvin Jr., said Tuesday night that one family member repeatedly punched her in the chest area with a closed fist during the interrogation.

Last month, Brantley pleaded not guilty to a federal charge that she failed to report that Dontae Morris was a felon in possession of ammunition. She is free on bail.

Morris is accused of killing police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab at 50th Street and 23rd Avenue in June. Police say Brantley was the driver of a 1994 Toyota Camry that Curtis had stopped and Morris got out and shot the two officers.

Morris is charged with first-degree murder in the officers’ deaths.

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