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Widow Nicole Oulson spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday. Widow Nicole Oulson spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday.
Widow Nicole Oulson spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday. Widow Nicole Oulson spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday.
Nicole and Chad Oulson. Facebook photo Nicole and Chad Oulson. Facebook photo
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The widow of man who was shot and killed inside a Wesley Chapel theater during an argument over texting spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting.

Nicole Oulson held a news conference Wednesday at her attorney's office in Tampa.

Oulson said she had looked forward to having a date night with her husband on the day he was killed. She and her husband Chad Oulson were in a movie theater on Jan. 13 when her husband got into an argument with another man.

Below is the complete transcript of what Nicole Oulson said in the news conference:

"I just want to thank you all on behalf of myself and my daughter Alexis and my family for your understanding, all of your thoughts and prayers and all of the support from the community during this horrible time of grief and sadness for our family.

Right now, I'm just still trying to recover from the shock and my main focus is and always will be on my daughter, Alexis.

It's just unimaginable. Me and my husband didn't get a date night very often, much less a whole day to spend together. So, I was just so excited and looking forward to spending the day with the love of my life at a place of entertainment, you know, family entertainment.

And, just to think that in the blink of an eye, my whole world got shattered into a million pieces and now I'm left trying to pick them all up and put them all back together, and it's so hard and it's so unbearable.

I want to thank you all for your thoughts and your prayers. Thank you."

Curtis Reeves, a 71-year-old retired Tampa Police officer, is charged with the second-degree murder of Chad Oulson and is being held without bail. Nicole Oulson was shot in the hand during the incident.

Friends of the Oulsons say that Chad was texting the babysitter caring for the couple's 22-month-old daughter during the movie previews when the altercation occurred.

Oulson's attorney, TJ Grimaldi says Nicole has a very clear memory of the events the day her husband was killed.

Curtis Reeves attorney says the shooting happened as a matter of self defense. But, Grimaldi says Nicole Oulson doesn't see it that way.

"I think she is kind of shocked and doesn't understand what he was defending himself over," said Grimaldi.

Reeves' attorney has also asked for a new bond hearing to argue why his client should be released from jail before a trial.

Grimaldi says Nicole Oulson is opposed to that. He says Reeves is a potential danger to the community.

"Everyone with a cell phone is at risk. I mean, you never know when this guy is going to go off again and everyone has a cell phone so I think that should be the judge's main concern here," said Grimaldi.


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