Why was Dontae Morris free?
Many are asking why was a career criminal like Dontae Morris still on the street. His rap sheet, 14-pages long, features arrests ranging from 1st degree attempted murder, to carjacking, to convictions and two prison terms for possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
“That’s been brought up before. We can look at that after the fact. After he’s sitting in jail we can go back and dissect his criminal history and his travels through the judicial system,” saod Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.
State’s Attorney Mark Ober declined to do an interview, because if Morris is captured he’ll be the prosecutor. But his office is shedded light on the 2006 case where Morris was found not guilty of 1st degree attempted murder.
We were shown the case file revealing prosecutors went to court with a victim named James Wright, who wrote a letter to the judge before the trial saying he couldn’t identify Morris as the shooter.
Prosecutors notes also show Wright refused to meet with the State’s Attorney for trial preparation, and that he was a bad witness on the stand.
Morris was found not guilty but didn’t stay out of trouble.