Curtis Reeves – Trial Could Be Held Later This Year
In January 2014, 71-year old Curtis Reeves shot Chad Oulson (43) to death in a movie theater over texting. Reeves is charged with second degree murder and he claims self-defense, alleging that Chad hit him with something so hard that it knocked his glasses off his face.
A recent forensic test on Oulson’s phone was negative for Reeve’s DNA.
Reeves’ defense is that at 71, and having health problems, he felt threatened enough to use deadly force.
There is a pending appeal with the 2nd District Court of Appeals on the court’s February order that denied Reeves bail. Reeves is detained in the Pasco County jail.
Against the argument of prosecutors, Judge Siracusa is allowing Reeves to appear in court in civilian clothes rather than the jail jumpsuit.
At a hearing this morning, Judge Pat Siracusa issued an order indicating the trial could take place between Oct. 8 and Dec. 18. If the jury is sequestered, court will be held on Saturdays.
No matter his age, and no matter his health problems, there are things that are logical and obvious. For one, this happened in a movie theater, not in a dark alley. Common sense says that Reeves, who is retired from law enforcement, would know that one bullet can end life. His bullet in Chad’s chest ended the life of a husband and father.
R.I.P. Chad. Our best wishes to Nicole Oulson. Stay strong.
Video of today’s hearing;