TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - A state appellate court said Friday that Curtis Reeves Jr., the man accused in a fatal Pasco theater shooting, should have been released on bond or be told why he was not.

Reeves, a 71-year-old former Tampa police captain, is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated battery after the January death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson.

Reeves has been held in the Land O’ Lakes Jail since his arrest. In February, he was denied bond by Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa.

In its ruling, the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland authorized Siracusa to grant bond on his conditions or provide an order explaining the discretionary decision to deny doing so.

The appellate court said another bond hearing could be held before deciding terms and conditions of the release.

The appellate court’s ruling said “the defendant presented exceptionally strong evidence in support of his request for pretrial release.”

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