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Video of movie theater shooting to be made public

3:06 PM, Feb 5, 2014   |    comments
Curtis Reeves appears in court for a bond hearing on Feb. 5, 2014. Reeves, 71, is accused of shooting and killing Chad Oulson in a Wesley Chapel movie theater after an argument over texting. (Photo courtesy WTSP.com)
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NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida -- A bond hearing is under way for a former Tampa police captain charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man at a Wesley Chapel movie theater.

A judge is deciding whether to grant 71-year-old Curtis Reeves bail on Wednesday. Reeves is accused of killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson after getting into an argument over texting in the Pasco County theater.

Before the bond hearing even began, the judge had to decide if surveillance video from the movie theater on the day of the shooting should be made public.

The defense requested a 60-day hold on releasing police reports, witness statements and other evidence in the Grove 16 movie theater shooting case to the public.

Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa agreed to allow the defense 30 days to review evidence before it's released, but the surveillance video from that day is not covered by the delay order.           

Judge Siracusa said that the public has the right to know what's going on in the courtroom.

"The legitimacy of our court system and the strength of our democracy is fostered when the public has broad access to court proceedings," said Siracusa. "[By] withholding this video from the public, you would only fuel speculation about what is on it."

The rest of the afternoon will determine whether Reeves gets out on bond.

There are several character witnesses on support of Reeves who will testify on why he should be released. The state also has eye witnesses from the day of the shooting; their testimonies will likely show the judge why Reeves should not be released on bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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