A retired Florida police captain charged in a movie theater shooting that killed one person, was released from jail on $150,000 bond Friday over the objections of the victim’s wife.
Curtis Reeves Jr. is accused of killing a fellow movie-goer who was texting during a movie. A trial date has not been set yet for Reeves, 71, who’s been in custody since January on second-degree murder charges in the death of Chad Oulson per NBC News.
After lawyers for Oulson’s widow argued that Reeves could be a threat to society, the circuit court still complied with the ruling and allowed Reeves bail, but confined him to his home.
A witness recounted Wednesday at a bail hearing for Reeves hearing him say, “I can’t believe what I’ve done,” after he killed Oulson.
Reeves repeated the statement after his victim started making “gurgling sounds” that signaled he was in bad shape, said Alan Hamilton, a Sumter County cop who was off-duty during the Jan 13. Screening of “Lone Survivor” in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Hamilton also recalls seeing Reeves blow up at his wife when she criticized him for grabbing his gun.
“She postured and said, ‘That was no cause to shoot anyone,’ and he leaned back around and stuck his finger out as to scold her and said, ‘You shut your [expletive] mouth and don’t say another word,” Hamilton testified.
Hamilton also said that Reeves told him, “I just got hit by something and look at my eye,” but he didn’t see any visible injuries.
Reeves pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at the hearing to determine if he could be released on bond, which ended up happening two days later. His attorneys argue he acted in self-defense and is no danger.
Movie Theater Shooting Suspect Released From Jail On Bond