Decision pushed back a day on Florida theater shooting surveillance video

February 4, 2014 

DADE CITY -- An interim decision has been made regarding the surveillance video from inside the Wesley Chapel movie theater where a man was shot to death.

Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa issued a temporary ban on releasing the video.

Deputies say Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired Tampa police captain, shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, during an argument over texting while the previews were playing for "Lone Survivor." Oulson's wife, Nicole, was shot in the hand.

The incident took place in Auditorium 10 of the Cobb Grove 16 theater in Wesley Chapel.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed they don't want the surveillance video from inside the theater shown, likely out of respect for the Oulson family. The defense, meanwhile, said they don't want the video to taint a possible jury pool.

The state plans to show portions of the video during Reeves' bond hearing, set for Wednesday. Media cameras will be allowed in the courtroom - Siracusa will have to decide whether or not the cameras will be allowed to record the playing of the surveillance video.

A 2011 state law makes it a third-degree felony to release video, photos or recordings depicting a death.

Reeves has been charged with second-degree murder. His attorneys say their client acted in self defense. Reeves did not attend today's hearing.

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