Curtis Reeves, the Florida man accused of gunning down another moviegoer because he was texting, was reportedly also texting only minutes before the incident.
Reeves’ son, Matthew Reeves, told detectives that his father sent him a message at 1:04 p.m. on Jan. 13, telling him he was seated in the Wesley Chapel Cobb 16 Theatres for a screening of “Lone Survivor,” The Associated Press reports.
Matthew Reeves said when he walked into the dark theater and looked around for his parents, Curtis Reeves allegedly shot Chad Oulson in the chest, right after a preview of “RoboCop.”
"Matthew said he did not see the shot directly, but the noise and light drew his attention to the top row of seats," Pasco County Sheriff's detective Aaron Smith wrote.
According to the documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Matthew Reeves tried to help stop Oulson’s bleeding by using a stranger’s T-shirt. Oulson’s wife, Nicole, was also struck in the finger as she attempted to shield her husband.
Reeves, a retired cop, pleaded not guilty to both counts of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. He told police that he fired his gun at Oulson in self-defense after the man threw something at him.
According to the police report, witnesses say that Reeves "confronted the victim about texting during the movie previews and went to advise management. When the defendant returned additional words were exchanged between the victim and the defendant and the victim turned and threw a bag of popcorn at the defendant. Witnesses advised they did not observe any punches being thrown. The defendant removed a handgun and shot [Oulson] in the chest."
Reeves is being held without bail, and his next pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 9. If convicted, the 71-year-old faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.