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Curtis Reeves was released on bond last week. Curtis Reeves was released on bond last week.
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    The retired police officer accused of killing a man for texting in a movie theater was freed from jail Friday night after a judge set a $150,000 bond. Curtis Reeves left the Pasco County Jail flanked by family. He did not speak to the media.
    The retired police officer accused of killing a man for texting in a movie theater was freed from jail Friday night after a judge set a $150,000 bond. Curtis Reeves left the Pasco County Jail flanked by family. He did not speak to the media.
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Who will be the star witness in the Curtis Reeves murder trial? FOX 13 has learned it will be Reeves himself.

"When he takes the stand in this case, that the general public can understand what a wonderful person he is," said Reeves' attorney, Richard Escobar.

In an exclusive interview, Escobar said the jury will hear Reeves' version of events and they'll learn who he is as a man, a father, and husband.

"A dedicated law enforcement officer who's been in this community and protecting our community. What a wonderful church-going man he is, and a what a wonderful family man he is," Escobar continued.

But while Reeves will be the star witness, a surprise witness may also take the stand.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco had plenty to say within hours of the theater shooting.

"Certainly it incited the media to portray the facts and circumstances of this case to be far different than what they really were," Escobar stated.

Escobar says Sheriff Nocco's statements set off a fury against Reeves. But his words in another case may help Reeves' defense.

"Our detectives had an absolute fear that their lives were in jeopardy," Sheriff Nocco said earlier this month, explaining why his detectives killed an unarmed man during an undercover drug buy.

The sheriff also said killing the unarmed man was not his main concern.

"This was a split-second decision. These things happen in a moment's notice," Nocco continued.

"Does that sound familiar?" said Escobar.

Escobar says Reeves felt his life was in danger after Chad Oulson threw a cell phone and popcorn at him, then lunged him.

Escobar says Reeves deserves the same standard as Nocco's deputies.

"These officers that shot this unarmed man, were justified in doing so because they had a fear of death of eminent danger," Escobar added. "But just like they did, so can any other citizen."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office put out his statement late Wednesday afternoon:

"I am not going to comment on Mr. Escobar's defense strategy, however, I know our Pasco Sheriff's Office detectives will do an outstanding job presenting the facts in the courtroom," Sheriff Nocco said in the statement.

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