Dade City, FL -- Defense lawyers got their way on several motions at a hearing today for the alleged movie theater shooter who killed a Land O' Lakes man.
Lawyers for alleged movie theater Curtis Reeves say there's video surveillance tape from inside the Wesley Chapel theater that day and today a judge ordered those images be handed over ahead of Reeves' bond hearing next week.
The question, of course, is what does that video show?
Lawyers for Curtis Reeves have said this was an act of self-defense, while Nicole Oulson, the victim's wife, says that's not true.
It's clear the images may play a pivotal role, and that's why Reeve's defense lawyers want it now.
Also, the image of Curtis Reeves in a protective suit was one his attorneys don't want the public to see again.
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It was prejudicial, they say, when the day comes to selecting a jury.
So the judge also granted their motion to let Reeves to dress in plain civilian clothing during his bond hearing next Wednesday, although he'll still be shackled and cuffed as a matter of security.
"The general public gets the misconception that somehow he's got a bullet-proof vest and someone was trying to kill him. It's the wrong thing to do," said Richard Escobar, Reeves defense attorney.
Reeves is accused of gunning down Chad Oulson on January 13th as the two argued over texting before a movie.
The retired Tampa Police Captain claims it was self-defense and that he was struck with some sort of object in the darkness.
That was why during today's hearing Reeves' lawyers also asked for - and were granted - access to surveillance video taken inside the Cobb 16 that fatal day. Images in the common areas, and - prosecutors acknowledged - from inside the theater.
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"We want to see evidence and I want to see how that evidence correlates with our theory of what we believe happened in there," said Escobar.
Oulson's wife Nicole, who was shot in the hand during the confrontation, chose not to speak today.
Her civil attorneys say it's been difficult for her emotionally but she feels it's important to be present.
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She vowed to make a brief statement in court next week, they say, when the man accused of killing her husband asks the court to release him on bond.
"Her intention is to have this gentleman suffer the life sentence that she is now having to suffer and her child is now having to suffer not having a father- not having her husband," said Oulson's civil attorney T.J. Grimaldi.
That hearing is expected to last several hours.
Whether there is a chance we will see that video during the hearing is still unknown. More likely, perhaps, if it would help Reeves get out on bond by bolstering his self-defense claim.
If it is not shown next week, it may not become part of the public record until later in the judicial process.
"We all know what's alleged to have happened in this case, so to the extent this video supports what's out there - I think it's going to have a tremendous impact," said Oulson attorney Michael Leal.
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