Hearing set in fatal Florida theater shooting

Curtis Reeves Jr. faces 2nd-degree murder charge

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DADE CITY, Fla. - The trial for a retired Tampa police captain accused of murder in the January movie theater shooting of a fellow patron could happen as early as this fall.

A court hearing scheduled for Wednesday should settle the question of a trial date in the coming months for Curtis Reeves Jr., who is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulson of Land O'Lakes.

Oulson was shot in the chest during an argument over Oulson's refusal to stop texting his daughter's babysitter during movie previews. Oulson's wife, Nicole, suffered an injured left ring finger, which was grazed by the bullet. Reeves attorneys say their client shot in self-defense.

Reeves remains in the Pasco County jail after a judge denied his request for bail in February.

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