DADE CITY, Fla. — A bail hearing for a retired Tampa police officer who fatally shot a man inside a movie theater during an argument over texting took a dramatic turn Friday: Prosecutors played a grainy video of the shooting and a recording of the defendant’s police interview.
“If I had it to do over again, it would have never happened,” Curtis Reeves told detectives. “But you don’t get do-overs.”
Reeves, 71, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 killing of Chad Oulson, 43. At the end of the hearing, which provided glimpses of the strengths and weaknesses of prosecutors’ case, the judge ordered Reeves held without bail until his trial.
According to the police interview, Reeves said Oulson hit him in the face, possibly with a cellphone, and he shot in self-defense. Yet other witnesses, including Reeves’s wife, told authorities they never saw Oulson strike Reeves.
Vivian Reeves told police that Oulson stood up and leaned over toward her husband just before the shooting, and the video appears to show some sort of contact between the two men.
Reeves pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.