Florida man charged in movie theater murder felt threatened

A retired Florida police captain on demo this week for fatally shooting a person within a film theater stated he considered he was about to be attacked ahead of he opened hearth.

Curtis Reeves, 79, advised detectives in a recorded job interview played in courtroom Wednesday that he experienced asked 43-calendar year-previous Chad Oulson to set absent his cellphone through coming attractions at a exhibiting of Mark Wahlberg’s “Lone Survivor” at a theater exterior Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times described.

But Oulson responded by yelling at the retired cop to “stay the hell out of my face” during the matinee exhibiting in January 2014, Reeves told detectives.

Reeves, then 71, stated he then jumped up and turned around to facial area Oulson as his wife experimented with to maintain him back again, the newspaper reported.

Reeves informed detectives he was absolutely sure Oulson was about to “kick my a–” right before a little something hit his face forcefully enough to knock his glasses askew.

“I considered the guy was going to defeat the hell out of me,” Reeves said. “I do not feel I’ve ever had any person get in my face like that and it worried the crap out of me.”

The retired cop then arrived at his entrance pocket and fired, putting Oulson’s spouse in the ring finger and Chad Oulson in the chest, killing him.

Nicole and Chad Oulson.
Curtis Reeves had requested Chad Oulson to put absent his cellphone in the course of the motion picture previews in advance of shooting him.
Facebook/Nicole Oulson

The recorded interview was read by the jury for the duration of the 3rd working day of testimony in the demo.

Prosecutors assert Oulson tossing a bag of popcorn at Reeves established off the lethal confrontation, but insist which is not adequate to assert self-protection in the deadly taking pictures.

“I necessarily mean, this occurred so damn rapidly,” Reeves instructed detectives. “And I … good heaven, I didn’t mean to do that.”

Nicole Oulson.
Nicole Oulson was struck by a bullet on her ring finger.
Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Moments by means of AP
Nicole Oulson.
Nicole Oulson factors jurors to the locale in the film theater wherever she and her husband ended up sitting down.
Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Jurors in the situation have to identify no matter whether Reeves, who faces up to everyday living in jail if convicted of 2nd-diploma murder, felt threatened plenty of to justify shooting Oulson.

“What the proof will show you is that Chad Oulson was shot and killed about tossing popcorn,” Assistant Point out Lawyer Scott Rosenwasser informed jurors as the trial opened Monday. “That’s no motive to get rid of another man or woman.”

Reeves explained he feared for his lifestyle through the confrontation ahead of shooting Oulson and his wife with a .380-caliber handgun. But investigators explained to him no just one read the person threaten Reeves verbally or physically, such as his wife, Vivian Reeves, the Tampa Bay Times claimed.

“I’m sitting down back again here next-guessing myself,” Reeves informed a detective. “I acquired hit in the remaining aspect of my confront and temple, acquired my eyeglasses knocked off. There was no one else there, guy. There was no one else there.”

Reeves’ attorney, Dino Michaels, has insisted the case is not “about popcorn,” but fairly an attack by Oulson prior to the taking pictures.

Reeves, who spent 27 years with Tampa police, was shaken when later on informed that Oulson had died.

“I never know what to say, except this is a lifetime-changing function that I would have avoided at all expenditures,” Reeves explained to detectives at the time. “My lifestyle is ruined. My family’s existence is ruined, his family’s daily life is ruined.”

Curtis Reeves.
Jurors need to ascertain whether Curtis Reeves, who faces up to daily life in prison if convicted of 2nd-diploma murder, felt threatened ample to justify taking pictures Chad Oulson.

A former Pasco County detective returned to the witness stand as the demo resumed Thursday, WFLA noted. Reeves’ demo is anticipated to just take about a few weeks.

With Post wires