DADE CITY, Fla. (AP/970 WFLA) - Attorneys for a retired Tampa Police captain accused of shooting a man in a movie theater raised the possibility of using a “Stand Your Ground” defense at trial next year.
Curtis Reeves Jr. is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 shooting of Chad Oulson of Land o' Lakes.
Prosecutors said Oulson was shot in the chest during an argument about texting. Reeves' attorneys say their client shot in self-defense and that using “Stand Your Ground” to defend him client hadn't been ruled out.
Florida's “Stand Your Ground Law” says people not involved in illegal activity have the right to “Stand Their Ground” and even use deadly force if they reasonably believe it's necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.
No trial date was set in Wednesday's hearing. The next court date is set for Sept. 10 to decide a trial date, another is scheduled for Oct. 14.
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