Curtis Reeves waives right to speedy trial

DADE CITY, Fla. - UPDATE:  Attorneys for both sides agree to reconvene for another pre trial hearing on July 9th in the case of theater shooter Curtis Reeves.

Reeves was not in court today but his attorney did inform the judge he would be waiving his right to a speedy trial. 

His attorneys also say they will appeal the bond hearing decision which has kept Reeves behind bars since the shooting.

Attorneys for both sides also decided to allow the release of the entire discovery file to the public.

PREVIOUS: A trial date is expected to be set in the case against former Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, who shot a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in January.

In mid-January, Curtis Reeves, a former Tampa police captain, was arrested for shooting a man inside Cobb 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel in a dispute over text messaging. 

 

Wednesday, a judge is expected to decide when the trial of the movie theater shooter will take place. 

 

Prosecutors are expected to hand over any additional evidence they may have against Reeves in this case. That additional evidence will help attorneys for Reeves decide exactly what type of defense they will take. 

 

Reeves' attorneys claim he reacted in self defense after an argument ensued inside the movie theater.

 

Reeves is not required to be in court, however the judge is expected to set a trial date. 

 

If the discovery file, which is all the evidence prosecutors have in the case, isn’t handed over, the judge will set a deadline for which that material should be produced. 

 

He’ll also decide whether that evidence can be released to the public.

 

If the case does move to trial, the judge will also most likely establish jury questionnaires and deposition schedules.  

 

Video surveillance released during last month's bond hearing showed Reeves enter the movie theater with his wife. He’s also seen coming out to speak with a manager before the deadly argument occurs inside theater 10. 

 

Reeves has been in jail without bond since the shooting. 

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