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Judge Denies 'Stand Your Ground' Defense In Pasco Shooting

A Florida judge has denied a "'stand your ground" defense for a retired Tampa police officer who fatally shot a man in a Pasco County movie theater over texting.

Judge Susan Barthle ruled Friday that 74-year-old Curtis Reeves must stand trial in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. Reeves is charged with second-degree murder.

Reeves said he shot Oulson after he was either punched or hit in the face with a cellphone. The judge said a videotape of the events that afternoon didn't support his testimony.

The incident happened in a movie theater in Wesley Chapel after the two men got into an argument because Oulson was texting his daughter's day care during the movie previews.

Reeves is free on bond.

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