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Suspect in deadly Wesley Chapel movie theater shooting asks to get rid of ankle monitor

Posted at 2:29 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 17:31:41-04

UPDATE — A judge denied Reeves' request to get rid of his ankle monitor and modify where he is allowed to go.

DADE CITY, Fla. — Attorney's for Curtis Reeves, the man accused in a deadly movie theater shooting, are arguing that he should be able to get rid of his ankle monitor and go wherever he wants.

Reeves, 76, was released on pre-trial bond five years ago. He is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014.

Right now, Reeves can go to church, the grocery store and the doctor.

"The court is saying he can do all these things but he can't walk around the block outside of his own house,” said defense attorney Dino Michaels.

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Reeves claims he was in fear for his life during the shooting.

Detectives say an argument took place in the theater because Oulson was texting.

He attempted to use Florida's controversial stand your ground defense after the shooting, but it was denied by a judge in 2017

However, that was before the burden of proof was shifted from defendant to the state, forcing prosecutors to disprove a self-defense claim before a jury trial.

Now, his defense attorneys are asking that Reeves be able to go wherever he likes as he awaits trial.

Attorney's for Oulson's widow, Nicole, say the motion is unfair to her and her family.

"If you could imagine what's going through her mind that all of the sudden that anywhere, that at any time she could bump into the person that she literally watched murder her husband — what would you think?" said TJ Grimaldi. "To suggest that he's been a good boy during the delay that the defense has created then use that to try to get him to do whatever he wants or be able to do whatever he wants, in my opinion, is an atrocity."

Reeves' attorneys argue the cost of his GPS monitoring and storing his firearm in a secure facility are a financial hardship — $20,000 over the past five years.

They’ve asked Reeves be able to get rid of the ankle bracelet and turn the gun over to his son for safe-keeping in a gun safe.

"What retired person has an extra $348 dollars to spend? Mr. Reeves has spent his savings, spent his investments, his retirement funds for five years of litigation,” said Michaels.

We'll have to wait until the judge files her decision to find out whether any of these rules will be relaxed.