Florida Judge Rules Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense in Death of Mt. Sterling Native
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.
The judge Friday ruled that 74-year-old Curtis Reeves must stand trial in the death of 43-year-old Mt. Sterling native 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.