The wife of a man who was shot and killed after an argument over texting at a movie theater said her whole world was shattered in just the blink of an eye.
Nicole Oulson addressed the media Wednesday morning at her attorney's office in downtown Tampa. She and her husband were in a movie theater on Jan. 13 when her husband got into an argument with Curtis Reeves, 71, and was shot.
"Right now, I'm just still trying to recover from the shock," Oulson said. "Me and my husband didn't get a date night very often, much less a whole day to spend together, so I was just so excited and looking forward to spending the day with the love of my life," she said.
Oulson's statement was brief and tearful. "Just to think that in the blink of an eye, my whole world just got shattered into a million pieces and now I'm left trying to pick them up and put them all back together," she said. "It's just so hard and so unbearable."
Oulson thanked the community for the outpouring of support and said her main focus will be on her daughter, Alexis.
Reeves, a retired police officer, is charged with the second-degree murder of Chad Oulson and is being held without bail. Nicole Oulson was shot in the hand.
Friends of the Oulsons say that Chad was texting the babysitter caring for the couple's 22-month-old daughter during the movie previews when the altercation occurred.
Attorneys for Oulson, who also spoke at the news conference, said they will be focused on guiding Oulson through her grief, her injury, and the criminal trial proceedings moving forward.