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First day of Dontae Morris trial filled with emotion

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Tampa, Florida-- Showing zero emotion, accused cop killer Dontae Morris sat stone-faced in court and he listened to gut-wrenching testimony from the first officer to find Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab dead on scene.

"I could see them there....," said Officer Steven Roy before his words choked off, breaking into tears.

STORY: Officer breaks down during Dontae Morris trial

The prosecution showed video of the murder captured on police dash-cam solely to the jury, but the entire courtroom could hear the audio. The officer's wives wept as they listened to their husbands' final moments. 

Officer Curtis' wife took the stand to ID her husband's handwriting in a binder of notes he started taking as that fateful night began.

"Do you recognize the handwriting," asked one prosecutor. "Yes, it is his," said Kelly Kocab.

The prosecution painted Morris as a thug who was hell bent on not being caught, but the defense declared Morris wanted to surrender just hours after the event, but said was afraid he would be shot dead if he did.

"Dontae Morris arranged to turn himself in, to surrender to law enforcement. He said, 'I'm Dontae Morris, I surrender myself to you,'" said defense attorney Karen Meeks. 

But the prosecution brought witness Ynalia Keen who said she watched as a man who looked like Morris jumped two fences just seconds after she heard gunshots.

"He had to jump a small fence. I saw someone standing by a car. I went back in the house to protect myself. My mom said to cut off the lights."

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

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