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Pasco theater shooting: Attorney claims suspect not primary aggressor

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Tuesday afternoon, a Pasco county judge denied bond to Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired Tampa Police captain accused of shooting and killing a man inside a Wesley Chapel theater on Monday.

Reeves made his first appearance in a court wearing a bullet-proof vest. He appeared in court via closed circuit monitor.

Reeves' defense attorney, Richard Escobar, told Pasco Circuit Court Judge Lynn Tepper that he doesn't think there is sufficient evidence for a charge of second-degree murder. Judge Tepper disagreed with Escobar's assessment and ordered Reeves to be held without bond.

Outside of court, Escobar urged the public to not to rush to judgment.

"He was a highly decorated law enforcement officer. He's a great family man, a religious man, an individual that was responsible for developing the SWAT team of the Tampa Police Department. He taught courses in security, not only the Tampa Police Department but then when he got a security job with Busch Gardens. This is an individual with great credentials. He's a great man," said Escobar.

Escobar also contends his client was not the primary aggressor in the shooting incident.

"Certain circumstances happened in that theater. At some point in time a jury is going to be able to listen to those and we'll be able to have our day in court and prove he's innocent."

Judge Lynn Tepper said if a bond is set for Reeves in the future, he will not be allowed to carry weapons.





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