Attorneys for the State of Florida and lawyers for Curtis Reeves laid out the legal groundwork Thursday for the suspect's February 5 bond hearing.
Judge Pat Siracusa heard several motions filed by Reeves' defense team. The first on the agenda: whether prosecutors should be required to hand over surveillance video from inside Cobb Theater in Wesley Chapel when, according to investigators, Reeves, a retired Tampa Police Captain, shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, following an argument over texting.
"We need to get those video tapes as soon as possible to properly prepare for that and past that," defense attorney Dino Michaels told the judge.
Prosecutors agreed to turn over the surveillance video and as much evidence as possible. It's unclear whether the video actually shows the shooting take place.
"We are happy that at the very least we're going to be getting this video, but let me be clear, we want all the evidence," defense attorney Richard Escobar told reporters afterward.
Defense attorneys also asked for security video from a December 2013 incident in which Reeves is accused of confronting another woman at Cobb Theater over texting. The State, however, said they do not yet have that video.
Reeves' lawyers then asked the judge to allow the defendant during the bond hearing to be unrestrained and in street clothes, instead of the jail-issued attire and full-body restraints typically used on a suspect facing these types of charges.
"It's highly prejudicial to those individuals that someday may sit as jurors in this particular case. There is absolutely no need to have Mr. Reeves in those type of clothing," Escobar said in court.
Judge Siracusa first agreed to allow Reeves, 71, to wear civilian clothes but denied the motion to leave him unrestrained.
Following the hearing attorneys for the Oulson family discussed why Nicole decided to attend Thursday's hearing.
"Her intention is to have this gentleman suffer the life sentence that she is now having to suffer and her child is having to suffer, not having a father, not having her husband," said attorney T.J. Grimaldi. "To constantly show that she wants to make sure that justice is met, it's important for her to be here."
Grimaldi indicated Nicole, whose finger is now wrapped in a smaller cast after being hit by the same bullet that killed her husband, might give testimony during Reeves' upcoming bond hearing.
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