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No trial date was set Wednesday at a hearing in the case against former Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, who shot a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in January.
The date will likely be set during another hearing on September 10. The trial is expected to begin sometime in early 2015.
The judge said if the jury winds up being sequestered, court proceedings could be held on Saturdays and possibly Sundays.
A gaunt-looking Reeves was in court for Wednesday's hearing.
"I think you’re going to see evidence that clearly shows that Mr. Reeves is innocent,” defense attorney Richard Escobar told reporters after Wednesday's hearing.
In mid-January, Reeves, a former Tampa police captain, was arrested for shooting Chad Oulson inside the Cobb 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel in a dispute over text messaging.
Reeves' attorneys claim he reacted in self-defense after an argument ensued inside the movie theater.
The attorney for Oulson's widow, Nicole Oulson, told reporters the defense strategy is clear.
“I think they are looking for him to walk away. I think it’s very obvious that they think he didn’t do anything wrong,” said attorney T.J. Grimaldi.
Video surveillance released during a bond hearing in February 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.
Nicole Oulson was also injured in the shooting.
"You guys can maybe see it's getting better. I think she's going to continue to not have full movement," said Grimaldi of Nicole Oulson's bullet wound.
Escobar, Reeves’ lawyer, wouldn't say Wednesday whether he'll file a last minute Stand Your Ground motion.
A judge said Reeves' lawyers must file a motion four weeks before the trial, but he'd consider a
Stand Your Ground motion during the trial, too.
"I know the state wouldn't be excited about that proposition either," said Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa.
"That basically is seeking immunity from prosecution and if that were granted in the middle of the trial there would be an issue of double jeopardy attaching on whether the state would be entitled to appeal the judge's decision," said Jeff Swartz, professor at Cooley Law School.
Reeves’ lawyers are waiting on an appeal that could get him released on bond. For now, he's headed back to jail.