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Curtis Reeves' Stand Your Ground trial in the Pasco movie theater shooting will finally begin

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Curtis Reeves, a former Tampa police officer, was 71 when he fatally shot Chad Oulson in 2014 after an argument about texting during a movie. Surveillance video shows Oulson grabbing Reeves' popcorn and throwing it at him.

The former Tampa police captain fatally shot a man over an argument about texting in 2014. Several delays have postponed the trial.

The trial begins Monday in a Stand Your Ground case that stems from a fatal shooting in a Wesley Chapel movie theater eight years ago.

This is the latest in a series of trials that has invoked Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Curtis Reeves, a former Tampa police officer, was 71 when he fatally shot Chad Oulson in 2014 after an argument about texting during a movie. Surveillance video shows Oulson grabbing Reeves' popcorn and throwing it at him.

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We get an update on Florida's Stand Your Ground law ahead of the Curtis Reeves trial.
Curtis Reeves (center), sits beside his defense attorneys Dino Michaels (left) and Richard Escobar

Reeves, now 79, has said he was afraid of being attacked by the 41-year-old man.

The trial has been delayed for years because of a lengthy Stand Your Ground changes in judges, and the pandemic.

In 2017, a judge denied Reeves’ motion to have the charges against him dismissed because of Stand Your Ground.

Reeves faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. Reeves was released from jail six months after the shooting and has been living under house arrest.

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.