(TAMPA, Fla.) — The retired police captain accused of fatally shooting a man in a Florida movie theater during an argument over text messaging was granted bond on Friday.
Curtis Reeves, 71, was arrested nearly six months ago for his part in the shooting of Chad Oulson, 43. The shooting occurred during a confrontation over Olson’s texting during the previews before a showing of Lone Survivor at a Wesley Chapel, Florida, theater.
Reeves was released Friday on $150,000 bail. He will be confined to his home, with the exception of attending church, court, going to the Sheriff’s Office, medical appointments and the grocery store. He will be forced to wear an electronic ankle monitor equipped with GPS.
Reeves became annoyed with Oulson’s using his cellphone and went to tell the movie theater managers, according to authorities.
When he returned, the argument escalated, authorities said.
Reeves, who’s in jail after his bail request was denied, is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense. Reeves’ attorneys say that Oulson may have thrown a cellphone at Reeves.
Witnesses say the only thing Oulson threw was a bag of popcorn.
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