New evidence may help theater-shooting suspect's defense - FOX 13 News

New evidence may help theater-shooting suspect's defense

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's a close-up of the crime scene: The blood, the popcorn, a cell phone. And witnesses who describe the deadly confrontation: "I seen a bag of popcorn fly, I see his hand come up, and almost instantaneously, I heard a pop."

But what does it all mean? And who does it help or hurt?

Legal expert and attorney Anthony Rickman has seen all the evidence in the theater shooting case obtained this week by FOX 13.

He believes that cell phone is the one piece of evidence that gives Curtis Reeves his best hope of freedom.

"Because, in the video, you see Mr. Oulson turn around, something come out of his hand, and something flash," said Rickman

Reeves describes getting hit by something in the taped interviews: "When I looked down, his cell phone was at my feet. I think that's what he hit me in the face with."

Rickman adds, "the fact the cell phone is sitting there in front of Mr. Reeves in his row substantiates that."

Rickman believes the defense may even turn the tables on the prosecution, calling Reeves the victim.

"They are going to use that to show he was the victim of a forcible felony, potentially aggravated battery on an elderly person, based on his age, by throwing his cell phone. That's a battery," offered Rickman.

And the witnesses in the room, whom do they help?

"I think the witnesses who will say they heard a commotion and Oulson was the main aggressor is going to help Reeves," added Rickman.

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