Curtis Reeves to testify Tuesday in Pasco ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing

File photo. Pasco theater shooitng suspect Curtis Reeves is taken into custody after the shooting.
On Friday, Judge Susan L. Barthle visited theater 10, where the shooting happened. Pool photo

DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — Former Tampa Police Department captain Curtis Reeves, who shot and killed a man inside a Pasco County theater, is expected to take the stand on Tuesday in a hearing to determine if the shooting meets Florida’s Stand Your Ground criteria.

He was initially expected to testify on Monday.

Curtis Reeves claims he shot and killed Chad Oulson inside the Cobb Grove 16 Theaters in Wesley Chapel back in 2014 because he feared for his life.

The state maintains Reeves murdered Oulson.

The men had been arguing because Oulson was texting during previews to the movie “Lone Survivor,” and Reeves asked him to stop.

Attorneys for Reeves tell WFLA News Channel 8 he’s expected to testify Tuesday.

As of Monday, February 27, more than two dozen witnesses had been called to the stand by the defense.

Detective Aaron Smith was grilled Monday on how the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department initially handled the investigation.

Lead defense attorney, Rick Escobar blasted him when he told the court he did not record an interview with Vivian Reeves moments after the shooting occured.

Escobar also asked Smith what goes through an officer’s mind in a shoot don’t shoot scenario.

“I would say they could go into tunnel vision. Meaning that they are only focused on what’s in front of them,” said Smith.

Last Friday, Judge Susan L. Barthle visited theater 10, where the shooting happened. She wanted to get a look and feel of the theater.

The hearing could last up to 10 days.

Barthle will ultimately decide if the shooting was justified or if Reeves should go to trial.

Photos: Deadly theater shooting in Wesley Chapel


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