TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — Lawyers for condemned killer Dontae Morris are asking a judge to order a new trial on charges he murdered Tampa police officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis.

Morris was sentenced to death last month for the killings, which happened during a motor vehicle stop in East Tampa on June 29, 2010. He is serving a life sentence for the murder of Rodney Jones weeks before and faces two more murder trials.

Now his lawyers are arguing that he should get a new trial based on what they say were several mistakes made by Circuit Judge William Fuente, including rulings he made during jury selection, over what evidence could be admitted and statements made by the officers’ widows at a hearing outside the presence of jurors.

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