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Dontae Morris acts up in jail, deputies say

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By Samara Sodos

He was a quiet inmate for a week, but Dontae Morris started acting out after he faced a judge on his fourth murder charge, Orient Road Jail detention deputies said.

When Morris returned to his cell Saturday from his first court appearance in the death of Harold Wright, the inmate began to act strangely, Hillsborough County sheriff's Maj. Curtis Flowers said.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, a deputy in charge of watching Morris in his cell said the inmate asked her for some toilet paper and then began to openly masturbate. The report states Morris also paced, sat on his desk and picked at his toenails, causing them to bleed. Morris refused to see a nurse for the bleeding, the report says.

The deputy called her supervisors, who had Morris put in a restraint chair for three hours. Unruly inmates are strapped to chairs to calm them down instead of using force, Flowers said.

Flowers said Morris calmed down and later apologized to deputies.

In addition to the Wright slaying, Morris is being held without bail in the shooting deaths of Derek Anderson and Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab.

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