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Judge Orders Release of Surveillance Video in Tampa Theater Shooting

A former Tampa police captain charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man at a Pasco County movie theater is scheduled for a bond hearing

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    Nicole Oulson, the wife of Florida movie theater shooting victim Chad Oulson, speaks with the media. (Published Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014)

    A former Tampa police captain pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he fatally shot another man after a dispute over texting in a movie theater, NBC News reported.

    Curtis Reeves, 71, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson in a Pasco County movie theater.

    Retired Officer Charged in Tampa-Area Movie Theater Shooting

    [MI] Retired Officer Charged in Tampa-Area Movie Theater Shooting
    A retired Tampa Police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cell phone use at a Tampa-area movie theater on Monday, authorities said. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014)

    The dispute began when Reeves asked Oulson to stop texting ahead of a screening of "Lone Survivor at Wesley Chapel's Cobb Grove 16 Theatre, according to Pasco County Sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow. The argument escalated and ended with Reeves shooting Oulson in the chest, authorities say. Oulson's wife Nicole, who put her arm over her husband after Reeves pulled out the gun, was struck in the hand.

    Curtis Reeves in Bond Court

    [MI] Curtis Reeves in Bond Court
    Curtis Reeves Jr. appeared in bond court to face a second-degree murder charge related to a fatal shooting in a Tampa-area movie theater. (Published Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014)

    Reeves was in court for a bond hearing Wednesday morning. Pasco County Judge Pat Siracusa ruled that that surveillance video taken from the theater during the Jan. 13 altercation can be shown in court, saying "withholding this video from public view would only fuel speculation of what’s on it." The tape will be shown after the defense has a chance to review it, according to The Tampa Tribune.

     
    An external hard drive containing hours of surveillance video was physically handed over to defense attorneys Tuesday during a hearing regarding the video evidence showing the January shooting.