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Posted: 8:21 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012
By Matt Augustine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
The widows of two murdered Tampa Police officers are filing a wrongful death suit against Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.The women say the negligence of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office "substantially contributed" to their husbands' deaths.
The officers had stopped a car driven by Dontae Morris' girlfriend on a traffic violation.
Reports say when they started questioning Morris, who was in the passenger seat, about three active worthless checks warrants from Jacksonville, Morris shot and killed them.
The lawsuit says it was later determined Morris was actually in prison when those bad checks were written.The suit says the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office never took the warrants out of the state system, and if it had, the officers would have never been put in the situation in which they were killed.
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