This ex-cop shot and killed someone over texting during a movie preview, and then thought he could get away with calling it self defense.
A Florida judge denied a “‘stand your ground” defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting, reported ABC News.
Judge Susan Barthle ruled Friday that 74-year-old Curtis Reeves must stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson.
Contradicting video of the event, Reeves said he shot Oulson after he was either punched or hit in the face with a cellphone.
Barthle chose to believe the video over the testimony of Reeves, “The physical evidence contradicts the defendant’s version of events”
The judge said the “stand your ground” law in Florida does not apply in the case of Curtis Reeves because he was not in any imminent danger of death when he shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson.
Fox News reported the argument, which started because Oulson was texting his daughter’s day care during previews, escalated and ended with Reeves shooting and killing Oulson.
“I realized I was in a life-or-death struggle. He was no longer a loudmouth. He was a definite threat,” Reeves testified last week in a two-week hearing. “He was reaching for me. … He was getting ready to punch me. I perceived that. That’s when the pistol came out. … At that point, it was his life or mine.”
Reeves was on house arrest since the 2014 incident and is now free on bond.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)