A Florida judge has denied bond for the 71-year-old man that shot and killed a fellow patron at a movie theater over an argument regarding a cell phone.
Curtis Reeves, a retired police captain, was denied bond by the judge who made clear that “this is not a verdict.”
The argument between Reeves and Chad Oulson happened in a Florida movie theater before a screening of Lone Survivor. Reeves reportedly became annoyed that Oulson, who was sitting in front of him, was texting on his cell phone as the movie was about to start. Reeves and Oulson exchanged harsh words with each other, and after a brief argument, Reeves reportedly got up to tell a manager about Oulson.
Surveillance video shows the situation unfolding as Reeves gets back from reporting to the manager. According to Reeves’ testimony, Oulson, who was with his wife, threw his cell phone at the retired police captain out of anger.
"If it was any of your fucking business, I was texting my daughter," Oulson allegedly yelled at Reeves. "Stay the hell out of my face."
As surveillance video shows, Reeves then pulled out a gun, pointed it at Oulson, and fatally shot him.
Now, the elderly man has been denied bond by the judge, and while he says he regrets what happened, he knows that he has to accept it.
“If I had to do it over again, it never would’ve happened,” said Reeves to police after being arrested. “We would’ve moved, but you don’t get do-overs. I was defending myself. It doesn’t make it any easier for me to accept it, but that’s what I was doing.”
According to reports, Reeves didn’t show much emotion while the surveillance video was played, but Oulson’s widow Nicole expressed relief that the judge decided to deny Reeves bail.
"I'm just very happy and relieved by the judge's ruling,” said Nicole Oulson. “I have no doubt in my mind this is the right decision.”
The trial continues to determine whether or not Reeves was indeed acting out of self-defense when he shot and killed Chad Oulson.