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Documents reveal more details in theater shooting

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Two sets of documents released Monday to FOX 13 News reveal more about what the Wesley Chapel movie theater shooter's attorneys say happened, and what was recorded by surveillance cameras.

The first set was a motion filed Friday by Curtis Reeves' defense attorney, Richard Escobar, and describe what he will be arguing in court during Wednesday's bond hearing.

Escobar wrote in the motion that the retired Tampa Police Department captain should be released on his own recognizance or have a reasonable bail set. It also asks a judge to reduce Reeves' second degree murder charge.

Defense attorneys argue Reeves, 71, tried to end the dispute over text messaging with Chad Oulson peacefully by first complaining to Cobb Theater managers.

Escobar goes on to write the first acts of violence were actually committed by Oulson; the defense claims popcorn was thrown at Reeves and then an unknown object hit him in the face.

This is the first time the defense has said two objects were thrown at the suspect.

The motion points to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, claiming Reeves had already been attacked by Oulson and that he feared for the lives of both he and his wife.

Escobar writes Reeves' years of specialized training with TPD put him in, "the best position to perceive the danger that was imminent and that deadly force was absolutely necessary to" protect him and his wife.

All of this will play out in court at Wednesday's bond hearing, when the video of the shooting will also be shown.

The second set of documents is a motion filed Monday by the State for an emergency hearing to hash out whether the video can be made public. The State wants it to remain out of the public view.

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