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Judge denies Curtis Reeves' 'Stand Your Ground' motion, will move to jury trial

Posted at 10:39 AM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 10:43:30-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge has denied a "`stand your ground" defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting.

Judge Susan Barthle ruled Friday that 74-year-old Curtis Reeves must stand trial in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. Reeves is charged with second-degree murder.

Reeves said he shot Oulson after he was either punched or hit in the face with a cellphone. The judge said a videotape of the events that afternoon didn't support his testimony.

The incident happened in a movie theater in a suburb north of Tampa, after the two men got into an argument because Oulson was texting his daughter's day care during the movie previews.

Reeves is free on bond.