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Day 1 of Dontae Morris murder trial

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In the early morning hours of June 29, 2010 Tampa Police officer David Curtis pulled over a red Toyota Camry on 50th Street. Curtis noticed the car did not have a proper tag. A few moments later Tampa Police officer Jeffrey Kocab arrived as backup.

While the officers took the license of the driver, Courtney Brantley, their attention soon turned to the passenger of the vehicle. Kurtis wrote down the name of Dontae Morris on a notebook and then asked Morris to step out of the car.

Within seconds both Curtis and Kocab would be mortally wounded and left to die on the side of the road. Following a week long jury selection process in Orlando, the murder trial of Dontae Morris began Tuesday morning in a Tampa courtroom.

Related: more about Dontae Morris.

In opening statements, prosecutor Scott Harmon told jurors a massive manhunt began for Morris soon after the officers were shot.

Harmon says officers soon knew exactly who they were looking for. Harmon also told jurors they will see a dash cam video of the actual murder.

One of the first witnesses called to the stand was also one of the first Tampa Police officers to arrive on scene after Curtis and Kocab were shot. Tampa Police officer Steven Roy served on the same overnight squad as Curtis and Kocab.

When asked to describe the scene when he arrived, officer Roy broke down in tears.

An attorney asked for a brief recess, but Roy said, "I'm okay."

Roy then told jurors that when he arrived, he could see both of the officers on the ground.

"They were both laying on their back. Dave was laying on Jeff's chest," said Roy.

Roy told jurors he tried to save Officer Curtis, another arriving officer went to work on Officer Kocab. Neither officer could be saved.

Jurors are expected to see the dash cam video sometime Tuesday afternoon as the trial progresses.

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