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    Stand your ground hearing in Pasco theater shooting will take place in 2017

    Wednesday June 29, 2016 1PM

    The prosecution and defense in the murder trial of Curtis Reeves Jr., accused of fatally shooting a man in a Pasco County movie theater, are scheduled to face off in a "stand your ground" hearing in February 2017.

    The long-awaited hearing will determine whether Reeves acted in self defense under Florida law.

    If Reeves prevails, the former Tampa police captain would be immune from both criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit.

    But if the judge denies the defense's request, the 73-year-old Reeves would stand trial for second-degree murder and face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    On Wednesday, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle scheduled the hearing to start on Feb. 20. The proceedings could take up to a week or longer. The judge also blocked off her schedule for the following week in case the hearing spills over.

    If the hearing proceeds as scheduled in the oft-delayed case, it will take place three years and one month since the Jan. 13, 2014 incident.

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Reeves shot another man, Chad Oulson, 43, after the two got into an argument at the Cobb Grove 16 theaters in Wesley Chapel.

    During previews for the movie Lone Survivor, deputies said, Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting in the theater. The two argued, and Reeves ended up shooting Oulson in the chest. A bullet fired by Reeves also nicked the Oulson's wife Nicole, resulting in a charge of aggravated battery.

    Reeves has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He spent six months in jail in 2014 before a judge set bail at $150,000. Reeves has been free since.


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    Lyons: In theater shooting case, justice is anything but swift

    Posted Sep 26, 2016 at 6:10 PM Updated at 10:33 AM

    Sometimes the circumstances of a shooting make it the focus of a lot of news coverage for a while, only to be all but forgotten as the case is prosecuted.

    Defendants may be sent to prison on a murder conviction, or sent home with charges reduced or dropped, and we sometimes never hear about it.

    So when a reader asked what happened to that retired police officer who killed a man in a movie theater north of Tampa, after an argument about a cell phone, I had no idea. I thought it might be an example of a case that got away.

    That theater shooting happened in January of 2014, after all.

    Curtis Reeves, then 71, is the retired cop who said he fired the fatal shot in self defense during an argument with Chad Oulson, 43, as both men were sitting with their wives and waiting for a movie to start. After angry words about Oulson’s cell phone, Oulson grabbed Reeves’ popcorn and threw it.

    Last I knew, his lawyer was planning to rely on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” defense. The law allows you to use deadly force when threatened and in danger, even if retreating was perhaps a more reasonable option.

    My take was that it looked a lot like a cowardly shooting that might will be seen as totally unjustified. But, had a judge quietly dismissed the second-degree murder charge when I wasn’t paying attention?

    No. Turns out, postponements have repeatedly pushed the expected “Stand Your Ground” hearing. Richard Escobar, the shooter’s lawyer, says is only partly because of waiting for crime lab enhancements of a security cam video that captured some of the action in the darkened theater.

    Another factor has been even more time-consuming, he said: “One hundred seventy-two witnesses.”

    What?

    The theater was full of people who could have seen or heard something relevant, Escobar said Monday. “We’ve deposed over 150 witnesses.”

    Keep in mind, this is not even necessarily preparation for trial. Escobar still hopes there won’t be one. He is preparing for the February hearing at which he hopes a judge will dismiss the charge.

    Reeves claimed he pulled his gun and fired because he believed Oulson was attacking him and about to beat him up.


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    Accused theater-shooter wants review of victim's text messages

    Updated: Nov 14 2016 05:40PM EST

    TAMPA (FOX 13) - Could the crux of the theater-shooting trial come down to what was on Chad Oulson's cell phone? New documents show it's a strong possibility.

    Attorney Anthony Rickman reviewed them for FOX 13. "It may shed light on who he was talking to immediately before the incident, what he was talking about immediately before the incident, and this person who he is texting with, if they can determine who it is could potentially be a witness.

    In January of 2014, retired Tampa police captain Curtis Reeves was arrested for the shooting death of Oulson after the two argued over texting inside a movie theater.

    Reeves told cops Oulson was the aggressor and the 71-year-old feared for his life. But Oulson claimed he was texting his sick 3-year-old daughter who was home with the baby-sitter.

    Evidence later showed that wasn't true.

    "Some of those texts that were sent, the contents of those messages are not what you send your daughter. Some of them are graphic, some of them are sexual in nature," said Rickman.

    Privacy laws protect text messages from being released to the public. But Oulson's own wife may have opened the door by allowing police to search the phone right after the shooting.

    "Ms. Oulson says, 'Go ahead and look at it. You can have it.' So the argument is there is no right to privacy because she gave it up already," continued Rickman.

    So the defense is asking for the judge to review them privately and determine whether they are relevant or not.


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    State of Florida vs Curtis Reeves Jr.

    Case Dockets: 01/14/2014 - 02/02/2017

    Case Number: 140216CFAES


    • 1. S782.04 MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE-WRITTEN PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
    • 2. S784.045(1)A AGGRAVTED BATTERY-WRITTEN PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

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    Curtis Reeves back in court Monday for ‘Stand Your Ground,’ hearing proceeding could last two weeks

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    DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], the retired Tampa Police Captain charged with shooting and killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater three years ago is scheduled to be in court Monday in Pasco County. His attorneys are planning to present evidence and testimony to a judge that the shooting falls under Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground,’ law.

    In January of 2014, Reeves and his wife were inside the Cobb Grove 16 Theater when he confronted [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. The 43-year-old motorcycle salesman was with his wife and apparently his texting during upcoming previews upset Reeves.

    The two men began to argue when Reeves pulled out a handgun and shot Oulsen. The injured man later died and Reeves was arrested on a second-degree murder charge.

    If the judge rules the shooting does fall under the stand your ground law, the state can’t try Reeves for murder in criminal court. The law also prevents Oulsen’s family from filing a lawsuit in civil court.

    Bryant Camareno is a Bay area attorney/legal expert who provided some insight on the law. He is not affiliated with the Reeves case.
    "At the end, the judge is going to have to determine factually, did Mr. Reeves act, was he justified in reacting by removing his firearm and shooting the victim in this case," explained Camareno. "If that’s the case, if the judge finds that Reeves acted justifiably, then he’ll rule in his favor and give him immunity."

    The stand your ground motion is expected to last a week, possibly two. Camareno says that length of time is unusual, but not unheard of in a case like this.

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    ABC Action News-February 20, 2017 - 55 minutes ago

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    ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing Opens in Florida Theater Shooting

    Posted 4:29 PM, February 20, 2017, by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Updated at 04:27PM, February 20, 2017

    Should a retired police captain face charges in the killing of a man who was shot to death at a Florida movie theater?

    Or should Curtis Reeves, who claims self-defense, be cleared under the state’s "stand your ground" law?

    That’s the question to be resolved by a hearing that started Monday in Dade City. Reeves could face charges in the 2014 killing of Chad Oulson.

    Witnesses said the two had become involved in a dispute over Oulson’s texting on his cell phone. Reeves and Oulson argued several times — and the disagreement escalated.

    The men continued to exchange words and Oulson allegedly tossed a bag of popcorn at Reeves. The defense has said Oulson also threw his cell phone. Moments later, Reeves fired a single, fatal gunshot.

    Florida law says people can use deadly force when they fear death or great bodily harm.

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    Reeves' 'stand your ground' hearing offers both sides

    6:52 PM. EST February 20, 2017

    DADE CITY, Fla. -- Three years after a former police officer killed a man in a movie theater, the case might come to a sudden ending. All because of three words: "Stand your ground."

    Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain, went to see a showing of "Lone Survivor" at a Wesley Chapel movie theater.

    Reeves, 74, got into an argument with Chad Oulson, 43, because he was using a cell phone as the trailers played before the movie. That argument became heated.

    Reeves eventually pulled a gun and shot Oulson.

    Reeves is charged with second-degree murder. But his attorney is using the "stand your ground" defense, saying Reeves felt like his life was on the line.

    Now, a two-week hearing could set Reeves free. That is if a judge decides this case falls under Florida’s "stand your ground" law.

    His attorneys say absolutely it does. Because on that day in January 2014, Reeves feared for his life.

    The state though says that is not the case and Reeves shot and killed Oulson as an act of retaliation.

    "Mr. Reeves should be granted immunity because he reasonably believed that the threat was imminent and using deadly force was necessary," says Dino Michaels, Reeves' attorney.

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    Curtis Reeves in court for 'stand your ground' hearing in Florida theater shooting

    The hearing is expected to last at least a week

    4:41 AM, Feb 20, 2017 - 12 mins ago

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    DADE CITY, Fla. - After 3 years, the "stand your ground" hearing started on Monday morning for the former Tampa police captain charged with murder.

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    Curtis Reeves’ two children both took the stand Monday as the first witnesses in a "stand your ground" hearing.

    A Pasco County judge will decide if Reeves’ can use the "stand your ground" law to be immune from prosecution in the 2013 shooting death of Chad Oulson.

    Reeves’ daughter, Jennifer Shaw talked about her father’s failing heath. She said he has trouble tying his shoes and picking up his granddaughter.

    Prosecutors countered, asking Shaw about Reeves’ visits to shoot sporting clays.

    She said he was able to walk the course, climb stairs and handle the shotgun without help.

    Shaw also painted a picture of her father as a caring father who didn’t lose his temper, despite his career as a Tampa Police Captain.

    Reeves’ son, Matthew also took the stand. He was in the theater walking up the stairs to meet his parents when the shot went off.

    He talked about helping Oulson until a nurse in the theater took over.

    The defense also hopes to create doubt in this case with claims the Pasco Sheriff’s Office didn’t tell witnesses not to talk to each other before they gave statements at the theater.

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    February 21, 2017

    2nd Day of 'Stand Your Ground' testimony for Curtis Reeves Jr., hearing.

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    Stand Your Ground hearing underway for retired Florida cop accused of killing man for texting in movie theater

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 10:31 AM

    Three years after authorities say a retired police captain [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], a Stand Your Ground hearing is underway in a Florida courtroom.

    Curtis Reeves' lawyer claims video from the Wesley Chapel theater will prove Chad Oulson attacked Reeves first and that the former officer acted in self-defense.

    Oulson threw popcorn at Reeves before the former Tampa officer fatally shot him, according to cops. Oulson's wife Nicole was struck in the left hand as she tried to help her husband.

    The Stand Your Ground law allows Florida residents to use deadly force to defend their lives or their property. If a judge determines the incident meets the proper criteria, Reeves will be immune from criminal prosecution and civil action. Otherwise, he will be tried for second-degree murder.

    The Stand Your Ground law allows Florida residents to use deadly force to defend their lives or their property. If a judge determines the incident meets the proper criteria, Reeves will be immune from criminal prosecution and civil action. Otherwise, he will be tried for second-degree murder.

    Five years ago in Florida, the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman may have been impacted by the Stand Your Ground law.

    "I can't imagine that when the legislature drew this up they intended it to apply to someone killing someone for having popcorn thrown in their face," Nicole Oulson's lawyer TJ Grimaldi told the Daily News on Tuesday.

    The hearing began Monday before a Pinellas-Pasco Circuit judge and is expected to last approximately two weeks.

    The defense is arguing that the 74-year-old Reeves, who they say was battling severe health problems, had reasons to fear for his life. Reeves, a former Tampa police officer, was 71 at the time of the shooting on Jan. 13, 2014.

    "This case is about perception," Reeves' lawyer Dino Michaels said Monday,

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    Popcorn Shooting” Defendant Has Self-Defense Immunity Hearing
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm
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    It was three years ago last month that*retired police officer Curtis Reeves, then 71 years old, shot and killed 43-year-old Chad Oulsen in a Florida movie theater. The case became known as the “popcorn shooting” because the shooting*allegedly happened*over spilled popcorn.
    Reeves has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated battery. *He has pleaded not guilty to both charges and raised the legal defense of self-defense.
    As usual, the media has been slathering the phrase “Stand-Your-Ground” all over this case, when in fact the case has nothing to do whatever with “Stand-Your-Ground” or any legal issues of retreat. What is relevant to this case, however, as it is to pretty much any self-defense case in Florida, is self-defense immunity.
    Yesterday was the first day of Reeves’ self-defense immunity hearing, taking place in a Pasco County courthouse, which we’ll get to in a moment.

    Before we do so, however, it’s important to understand just what that hearing involves, and what it doesn’t involve, in order to avoid unnecessary confusion of the legal issues in play.

    First, let’s make sure we all understand what “Stand-Your-Ground” actually means. It does not mean, for example, what ABC News claims it means in a post made as recently as yesterday:
    Reeves is invoking Florida’s “stand your ground” law. The law allows people to use deadly force when they fear death or great bodily harm.
    As usual, the media gets this law wrong from every perspective. First of all, as we’ll see in a moment, SYG and self-defense immunity are entirely different legal concepts, and are even found in entirely different statutes. SYG is not something that is “claimed.” Self-defense immunity, in contrast,*is claimed, and that is in fact what Reeves is claiming in this self-defense immunity hearing.
    Second of all, neither SYG nor self-defense immunity “allows people to use deadly force when they fear death or great bodily harm.” Certainly fear of death of grave bodily harm is one necessary condition for the justified*use of deadly defensive force, but it is far from a sufficient condition. The law imposes numerous additional conditions before a use of deadly force will be justified as self-defense. Fear of death or grave bodily harm is not, alone, enough to relieve someone of criminal liability for their use of deadly defensive force.
    Finally, in this case (as in the Zimmerman case) the issue of retreat, and thus the Stand-Your-Ground that would relieve a defender from a duty to retreat, is legally and factually irrelevant. There is no duty to retreat until the prospects for a physical confrontation is apparent—you can’t retreat from what cannot yet be reasonably perceived. Under the facts of this case, at the point the physical confrontation became apparent the 71-year-old Reeves was seated in a darkened theater, beside his equally elderly wife, with his ability to flee highly constrained*by the narrow aisles, poor lighting, limited physical capability, and the proximity of the (claimed) aggressor Oulsen.

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    Wife gives emotional testimony in Curtis Reeves ‘stand your ground’ hearing

    Published: February 22, 2017, 6:46 pm

    PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Vivian Reeves has been married to Curtis Reeves for nearly 50 years. Wednesday, she took the witness stand and gave an emotional testimony about the worst day of their lives.

    The Reeves went to a Wesley Chapel movie theater three years ago to see an afternoon showing of "Lone Survivor."

    As previews were playing, Curtis Reeves noticed Chad Oulson using a cell phone, and leaned over and told him to put it way.

    Vivian Reeves says Oulson erupted.

    "He was very loud and the word ‘texting’ and his daughter," said Mrs. Reeves, who recalls Oulson using several profanities as he yelled at her husband.

    Vivian Reeves recalls she asked her husband if they could move. Instead, the retired Tampa Police officer went out to complain to management.

    When he returned, he leaned over and said something to Oulson again and the situation erupted from there.

    "Mr. Oulson quickly stood up and he leaned forward, and I thought he was coming over," said Mrs. Reeves.

    Security camera video from inside the theater shows Oulson grabbing popcorn out of Reeves hand and throwing it into his face.

    Reeves was armed. He took out his weapon and fired one shot that killed Oulson.

    The defense claims Reeves was in fear of his life.

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    Curtis Reeves Stand Your Ground Hearing Day 4 - Part 1 (Victims Wife Testifies)

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    Day 5: Reeves hearing goes to Pasco theater where shooting took place

    February 23, 2017

    Day five of the Curtis Reeves 'stand your ground' hearing resumes today as court proceedings will begin at the site of the fatal shooting of Chad Oulsen in We will have a camera outside of the Cobb 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel around 9 a.m. with continuing coverage from within the courtroom in Dade City later.

    It is unclear whether the media will be allowed to enter the movie theater. The Tampa Bay Times has issued a legal challenge to allow reporters inside with the judge and attorneys.

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    Judge in controversial 'stand your ground' hearing visits movie theater where shooting took place

    Judge sat in seat Curtis Reeves was sitting in

    12:07 PM, Feb 24, 2017 - 8 minutes ago - VIDEO included with article

    WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - The judge in the controversial "stand your ground" hearing visited the Cobb theater where the shooting occurred in January of 2014.

    The media was allowed in to observe and take notes during the visit.

    ABC Action News reporter Erik Waxler was allowed inside the theater to observe.

    A pool photographer shared an image of the Judge sitting in the exact seat Curtis Reeves was sitting in, in the theater in 2014.

    Everyone involved in the hearing visited the theater to decide if the "stand your ground" law would apply to Curtis Reeves, the shooter in this incident.

    The same previews that played the day of the shooting played for everyone in the theater. According to testimony, the shooting happened somewhere toward the end of the previews, after the end of the "Robo-Cop" trailer. The previews played in full for the Judge and attorneys.

    The judge leaned forward from the seat to get a better perspective of how things happened on the day of the shooting.

    After the lights came back on, she asked the attorneys questions about seating and emergency exit doors.

    The hearing will resume on Friday at 1 p.m.

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    Curtis Reeves to testify Tuesday in Pasco ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing

    Updated: February 27, 2017, 9:44 am

    DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — Former Tampa Police Department captain Curtis Reeves, who shot and killed a man inside a Pasco County theater, is expected to take the stand on Tuesday in a hearing to determine if the shooting meets Florida’s Stand Your Ground criteria. He was initially expected to testify on Monday.

    Curtis Reeves claims he shot and killed Chad Oulson inside the Cobb Grove 16 Theaters in Wesley Chapel back in 2014 because he feared for his life.

    The state maintains Reeves murdered Oulson.

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    'Stand your ground' defense focuses on phone

    Feb 27 2017 06:29PM EST

    DADE CITY (FOX 13) - The retired Tampa police captain at the center of a landmark 'stand your ground' case in Pasco County is scheduled to take the stand Tuesday, a day after a cell phone and gun became a focus of the hearing.

    For the first time since the shooting on January 13, 2014, Curtis Reeves will testify about what he says happened in the Cobb movie theater.

    "Don't even have the slightest doubt in your mind; Mr. Reeves will be testifying," said Reeves' attorney, Richard Escobar.

    The hearing is scheduled to wrap up Friday but defense attorneys still had several more witnesses to call as the second week of testimony began Monday.

    Pasco County Detective Aaron Smith, the lead detective on the case, took the stand first. Escobar has been critical of the way Smith and other detectives handled the evidence and witnesses in this case and has called their credibility into question.

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    Curtis Reeves 'Stand Your Ground' defense trial enters week 2
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    The ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing for movie theater shooter Curtis Reeves is now into its second week.
    A judge will eventually decide if Reeves, a former Tampa Police captain, was in his rights to kill Chad Oulson during an argument over cell phone use at a Wesley Chapel movie theater. If not, the retired police captain goes on trial for murder.
    Crime scene photos from inside theater ten show the two things the defense said Chad Oulson threw at Curtis Reeves. Popcorn and his cell phone. They said that cell phone hit Reeves in the head and tried to get a detective to agree that it could be a weapon

    Do you know that this particular phone weighs more than a regulation baseball,” asked defense attorney Richard Escobar.
    “I do not,” answered Pasco Sheriff’s Office detective Aaron Smith.
    The defense said surveillance video shows Oulson throwing the cell phone.
    “You certainly realize one thing, that if this phone was used as a weapon. It could cause great bodily harm, correct,” asked Escobar.
    “Generally speaking, any object depending on the manor its used could be considered a deadly weapon. You can hurt somebody with it,” answered Smith.

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    BREAKING: Curtis Reeves to Face Murder Trial, Judges Denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense After Hearing

    by Ronn Blitzer | 9:51 am, March 10th, 2017

    A week after a hearing concluded where Curtis Reeves and his attorney tried to argue that he was justified in fatally shooting a man in a Florida movie theater in 2014, Judge Susan Barthle ruled that the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law did not apply here, and that Reeves will have to stand trial.

    Reeves is charged with second degree murder for killing Chad Oulson during an altercation that began when Reeves complained that Oulson was texting during previews. The "Stand Your Ground" law says that if a person is in reasonable fear of death or serious injury, they can use deadly force without having a duty to try to escape the situation first.

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    The judge wrote in her decision:

    The physical evidence contradicts the defendant’s version of events. … Which begs the question, why did the defendant say he was hit in the left eye, to the point of being dazed, when the video images and basic physics indicate that he did not get hit in the left eye with anything? The logical conclusion is that he was trying to justify his actions after the fact.

    She concluded:

    Because the defendant’s testimony was significantly at odds with the physical evidence and other witness testimony, this court has considerable doubts about his credibility, and is not willing to come to the conclusion that these circumstances are those envisioned by the legislature when the ‘stand your ground’ law was enacted.

    If Judge Barthle had sided with Reeves, the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law would have kicked in, and Reeves would have been immune from charges. Since the judge ruled against Reeves, he will now have to go before a jury, who will determine his fate.

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