Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dangerous Popcorn

What I wrote yesterday regarding the shooting of a texter in a movie theatre in Tampa by a retired police officer:

Five will get you ten that he uses the Stand Your Ground defense.

I thought I was being snarky.  Sadly, no.

Curtis Reeves, Jr., a retired police captain says he feared for his life after the victim ‘assaulted’ him with a bag of movie popcorn.

Reeves told Pasco County sheriff’s deputies Monday that Oulson stood up and struck him in the face with an unknown object when they were arguing inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater during previews. Reeves said he was “in fear of being attacked,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Right away, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office realized Stand Your Ground could come into play later in court.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said Tuesday his deputies investigated the issue and do not believe it is a viable defense in this case.

If there weren’t dead people as a result, this would be a Marx Brothers movie.

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