Different descriptions of theater shooter will emerge at hearing - FOX 13 News

Different descriptions of theater shooter will emerge at hearing

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Reaves appears in court Wednesday morning. Reaves appears in court Wednesday morning.
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Attorneys for Curtis Reeves, charged in the deadly movie theater shooting in Wesley Chapel, filed more than 100 pages of documents Tuesday that will be used during his bond hearing the next day.

Reeves' defense team, headed by Richard Escobar, will use their exhibits to attempt to back up their claim their client acted in self-defense.

In a motion for bond filed last week, Escobar argued that two objects were thrown at Reeves by Chad Oulson prior to the shooting: popcorn and an "unknown" item, which was referred to in the arrest affidavit.

Investigators have said popcorn was thrown, leading many to assume that was the unknown object. The bond motion, however, separates the two.

Defense attorneys in the documents described Reeves as an elderly man with health problems, who feared for his life and his wife's safety after having the items thrown at him in a darkened theater.

The attorneys were back in court Tuesday for an emergency hearing to iron out some unfinished groundwork prior to the bond hearing. FOX 13 News asked Escobar to elaborate about the second object.

"I think if you read my bond motion, it's self-explanatory. It is describing facts that are alleged in the criminal report affidavit," he responded.

But the affidavit is not quite that clear, and fails to define the "unknown" object.

Attorneys for the Oulson family responded to the same question.

"He can allege all the facts that he wants as far as what was thrown but there's no reason for this guy to feel that he was in fear for his life in order to pull out a gun and shoot someone," said T.J. Grimaldi, Nicole Oulson's lawyer.

Nicole was with her husband when he was shot following an argument over texting in the Cobb Theater. The same bullet that killed Chad Oulson also went through Nicole's hand, which still has a small bandage on it.

Nicole's attorneys have indicated she might testify during the bond hearing. The defense is also expected to call several witnesses.

Prior to the hearing, the judge is expected to decide how to handle the viewing of surveillance video of the shooting. Prosecutors said they don't want it shown in open court but the defense hadn't yet had a chance to view it. They expected to do so Tuesday evening and make their case Wednesday morning.

Stay with FOX 13 for updates from today's hearing.

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