Nicole Oulson, whose husband was shot and killed in a Wesley Chapel movie theater last month, appeared on national television Thursday a day after she took a front-row seat during the shooter's bond hearing.
Oulson joined ABC's "The View" and gave the show's hosts her account of what happened when her husband, Chad Oulson, was shot and killed during an argument over texting in the Cobb Theater.
Some of Nicole's story contradicts with witness testimony from the first portion of the bond hearing, which will continue Friday, when several eye-witnesses said Chad threw popcorn at Curtis Reeves before Reeves shot him.
"I honestly cannot say that I saw popcorn being thrown," Oulson said. "What I can say, and I have to be careful because of the investigation, is that there was a conversation. The gentleman had confronted my husband several times, which my husband ignored, and ignored, and ignored and it just got to a point where my husband spoke up and that's where…"
"He shot him," one of the hosts interjected.
A Sumter County deputy who was off duty and in the theater during the shooting testified Wednesday that he heard Reeves make several comments following the shooting, one of possible remorse or disbelief.
"He said, 'I can't,' and he pushed his glasses back. He said, 'I can't believe what I done,'" Cpl. Alan Hamilton said, adding he could hear Chad Oulson struggling to survive. "I said, 'that's not good.' And [Reeves] again leans back and says, "holy [expletive], what have I done?'"
Nicole Oulson told the hosts of "The View" she doesn't think Reeves truly feels bad.
"He got caught and he's a gentleman who's been in an authoritative figure his whole life," she said. "He's used to telling people what to do and they say, 'how high?' when he says 'jump.' He felt disrespected."
Nicole is expected to be back in court Friday when Reeves' bond hearing resumes. The State has said it still has a few more witnesses to call, possibly including Nicole. Prosecutors also plant to play surveillance video of the shooting.
The defense might also finally say what, besides popcorn, they believe hit Reeves. In the bond motion filed by Richard Escobar, he claims the retired Tampa Police Captain was hit by an "unknown" object. It appears Escobar, who is trying to convince a judge his client acted in self-defense, might say Chad Oulson's cell phone also hit the 71-year-old.
In another motion filed by the defense last week, Escobar asked the state to ensure the preservation of possible DNA on the victim's cell phone.
Legal expert Jeff Brown said the defense could be hoping to find Reeves' DNA on it, although Brown isn't sure this is a wise tactic.
"If you're going to ask for DNA testing on the phone, to be able to suggest that the phone hit the defendant by being thrown by the victim in this case, and there's no DNA on the phone, that doesn't help your case out any," he said.
In response to a FOX 13 question about whether he plans to argue Reeves was hit by Oulson's phone, Escobar said those wondering will have to wait until Friday to find out.
The remainder of Reeves' bond hearing could last all day Friday, although Judge Pat Siracusa said he does not want it to go beyond 6 p.m.
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