Retired police captain released on bond in theater-shooting case

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Good morning:

To get you up and outta the door, here’s a vid by Widespread Panic covering Fire on the Mountain, a tune by the Grateful Dead:

Remember Curtis Reeves, 71, the former captain in the Tampa Police Department who shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, in a movie theater during an argument that Reeves started while the previews were showing? Reeves objected to Oulson texting a message. Unpleasantries were exchanged. One thing led to another until Reeves ended the disagreement by shooting Oulson in the chest.

Oulson was unarmed.

Reeves obviously was armed and he is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery. If convicted, he will be subject to a mandatory 25-year-minimum sentence.

He claims he fired in self-defense, even though he started the argument and was the aggressor. The entire confrontation was recorded on video.

Ironically, Reeves had just texted his son to inform him that he was at the theater before he confronted Oulson, who was texting his own daughter to communicate the same message to her when Reeves confronted him.

At his preliminary hearing, his attorneys unsuccessfully argued that Reeves believed his life was in imminent danger when Oulson threw popcorn in his face and threw his cell phone at him striking him in the face.

Oulson’s wife, who sustained a gunshot wound to her finger when she attempted to protect him from Reeves, denied that Oulson assaulted him.

Yes, this is another one of those cases where the victim would be alive today if Reeves had not been armed with a gun.

Oulson is survived by his wife and their young daughter.

Reeves was released yesterday on $150,000 bond after the Court of Appeal ordered the trial court to release him on bond or state a legally valid reason to deny him bond.

He has to surrender all of his firearms and must remain at home, unless he goes to church, the doctor’s office or the grocery store.

I believe the decision to release him on bond was appropriate and necessary under Florida law.

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18 Responses to Retired police captain released on bond in theater-shooting case

  1. bettykath says:

    Thanks for the update. The grocery store? Does he have an ankle bracelet for enforcement?

    Any word on the progress of Kendrick Johnson’s case?

    • The grocery store?

      All paths cross at WalMart????

      He probably has to wear an ankle bracelet, but don’t know for sure.

      RE: Kendrick Johnson.

      Last I heard, the US Attorney is still investigating the case and KJ’s parents sued the school district for failing to protect KJ from bullying by classmates.

  2. Seems like a low bond for such a violent and deadly outburst.

    • The court is required by law to set a bond that a defendant can reasonably afford, if he is not a flight risk (i.e, no particular place to go and he has sufficient ties to the community, such as owning or buying his own home with a substantial equity interest, family and a job in the area) and not a danger to the community (which he probably isn’t without a gun).

      I imagine he has to wear an ankle bracelet and check-in every day since he is confined to home, unless he goes to church, the doctor’s office or the grocery store.

      My concern is the guy clearly has mental and anger-management issues that are concerning. Alcohol could also be a problem.

      • roderick2012 says:

        FL: My concern is the guy clearly has mental and anger-management issues that are concerning. Alcohol could also be a problem.

        I am sure his wife ISN’T happy to have him home since he verbally abused her after he murdered Mr. Oulson.

  3. Trained Observer says:

    I’d prefer to see the arrogant old coot languishing in the county jail until his trial and conviction. At least the circuit judge kept him locked up for roughly six months, forcing him to miss the funeral of his mumsy, 93, after her death in June.

    Reeves’ house arrest allows him to go to the doctor, church and the grocery, the latter two in my opinion being highly objectionable. Who wants to find this killer ex-cop (who toted a gun in his pocket at the movie theater despite the posted gun ban) in the pew behind them during a sermon … or run into him at the seafood counter at Publix? This stinks.

    • Malisha says:

      I’d let him go to church simply because it would be considered an all-out attack on Christianity not to do so and that would cause a backlash that would operate in his favor and he’d get acquitted by six jurors who wanted Jesus to understand how much they loved him. On the other hand, I see no reason why he should go to a grocery store. EVER IN LIFE. As far as I’m concerned, if you kill somebody in a movie theater, you’re not a person who should be out buying low-fat yogurt in the aisle next to an innocent person whom you may choose to suddenly hate or fear. If they needed to get a Christian charity to deliver groceries to this guy (or the police benevolent fund to who everybody donates because of REAL FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES), fine. Otherwise let his surviving relatives or Meals on Wheels bring him food. After all, family values and faith-based initiatives, GO GO GO!

  4. MKX says:

    Pulling out a gun in a crowded theatre because you got mad that someone threw something at you is the act of a depraved mind with a complete disregard for human life – guilty of M2.

    • roderick2012 says:

      Actually the theater was 80% empty, but Reeves and his wife decided to sit directly in front of the Oulsons who were already seated when the Reeves arrived.

      So it makes one wonder if this was premeditated.

      Three weeks before in the same theater Reeves followed a woman to the women’s restroom after he noticed that she was texting and her children’s friend squirming in his seat.

      I wonder if Reeves was ‘stuck’ on that previous incident and wanted to finish it by starting a conflict with Oulson.

      Don’t be surprised if Reeves does something stupid while he’s out.

  5. J4TMinATL says:

    If he wasn’t a 71 year old White man his butt would be sitting in jail. I’d be shocked if he’s found guilty. Age and Class issues will play role.

    Tragic.

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