EIGHT YEARS later, the trial begins for a retired Florida police captain, 79, who murdered a man after an argument over text messages at a movie theater.
- Curtis Reeves, 79, shot and killed Chad Oulson during a screening of Lone Survivor at the Wesley Chapel theater near Tampa in 2014.
- The two were reportedly arguing over Oulson’s text messages before Reeves fatally shot him.
- Oulson’s wife, who was also wounded in the shooting, has since said he was texting their daughter’s nanny at the time he was shot.
- The opening debate finally began on Monday after Reeves pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery.
- Ex-cop claims self-defense
A 79-year-old retired Florida police captain accused of killing the father of one during an argument over text messages at a movie theater has finally appeared in court after eight years of delay.
In 2014, Curtis Reeves allegedly shot and killed Chad Oulson during a screening of The Lone Survivor at the Wesley Chapel theater outside of Tampa.
The two reportedly argued over Oulson texting before Reeves, then aged 71, fatally shot him.
Oulson’s wife, who was also injured in the shooting, has since revealed that he was texting their daughter’s nanny at the time he was shot.
Opening statements finally began on Monday after Reeves pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. Former police officer declared self-defense.
Retired Florida cop Curtis Reeves will stand trial Tuesday after years of delays in the murder of the father of one of the children in a Florida movie theater.
Curtis Reeves, seen in court during jury selection last week, shot and killed Chad Oulson at the Wesley Chapel theater near Tampa in 2014.
Chad Oulson was with his wife Nicole and corresponded with his young daughter’s nanny before he was killed after an argument with Reeves.
Jury selection for the trial ran for four days last week before ending on Thursday after six jurors and four alternates were chosen to hear the case, according to Stephen Thompson, spokesman for Florida’s Sixth Judicial District Court.
The incident sparked widespread debate over Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, which Reeves adopted as an argument in favor of self-defense.
However, the judge rejected the demand, forcing him to go to court, saying the law did not apply in this case after two weeks of pre-trial testimony in 2017.
Reeves was initially held without bail after the January 2014 shooting, but was released a few months later in July on $150,000 bail on the condition that he only leave his home for church, court, grocery shopping, or doctor appointments. because of his age. .
Over the years, the trial has experienced a number of different delays, most of which are related to pre-trial hearings, various motions, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the judicial system.
But a lawyer for Oulson’s wife, who was injured in the shootout but survived, called the delays “awkward.”
“The eight-year delay is, in my opinion, embarrassing and has only benefited Curtis Reeves as it has allowed him to do his part in being at home with his loved ones and spending time with his family,” T. J. Grimaldi said in a statement. … Oulson is stuck waiting for the decision of one delay after another.