TAMPA, Fla. — A new ruling on Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law could change the outcome for a retired Tampa police captain who shot and killed a man inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014.
Nicole Oulson’s attorney TJ Grimaldi says he can’t believe a district court of appeals ruling, saying the revised stand your ground law can apply to the Curtis Reeves case.
“Truthfully I was shocked," he said.
The new ruling could mean a repeat of last year’s lengthy "stand your ground" hearing.
After two weeks of testimony, that felt like a trial, a judge ruled that Curtis Reeves "stand your ground" claim, did not apply to the movie theater shooting.
According to a criminal complaint, Chad Oulson was sitting in front of Reeves inside the theater when the two got into an argument about Oulson’s texting during the previews. Reeves left the theater to complain to management, and when he returned, the two began arguing again. Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves and Reeves then took out his handgun and fired at Oulson, killing him.