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Next theater-shooting court date set for July

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Curtis Reeves was not in court Wednesday. Curtis Reeves was not in court Wednesday.
Prosecutors consult with the victim's wife after the hearing. Prosecutors consult with the victim's wife after the hearing.

It may be July before we have a trial date scheduled for the retired Tampa police captain charged with shooting a man to death in a movie theater.

Court documents show the judge hoped to set a trial date at this morning's hearing, but both sides agreed to reconvene on July 9 to discuss a date.

As initially reported, Reeves told detectives in interviews that he believed he was hit with two objects: A popcorn bag and a cell phone.

His defense team has been trying to argue that the fatal shooting of Chad Oulson at a Wesley Chapel theater was out of fear. In interviews, Reeves told detectives that he thought Oulson was going to "beat the s**t out of" him.

Prosecutors, however, have already presented significant testimony countering the claim, including several witnesses. When detectives interviewed Reeves' wife, Vivian, after the shooting, she denied ever hearing threats from Oulson.

In one interview with police, Reeves told detectives that Oulson swore at him when he asked him to stop texting in the movie previews.

"If it was any of your f****** business, I was texting my daughter," Oulson apparently told Reeves. "Stay the hell out of my face."

Reeves later claimed that Oulson was "practically on top of him," something Reeves' wife did not indicate in her separate interview with police.

"If I had to do it over again, it would never have happened, but you don't get do-overs," Reeves told detectives in his interviews.

The most dramatic moment in court was the playing of video taken inside the theater. The grainy infrared footage shows Reeves in the very corner of the frame.  He is seen getting out of his seat, and then returning. 

Moments later, something comes at him from out of the frame.  Then Reeves suddenly points something, and others in the theater react to the apparent shooting.

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