Retired captain to invoke ‘stand your ground’ after shooting

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Florida man who shot theatergoer for texting to invoke ‘stand your ground’.

TAMPA, Fla. – The lawyer for a retired police captain accused of shooting and killing a man during an argument at a movie theater says he’ll use Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law to have charges dismissed. The decision to pursue this legal strategy has been widely anticipated ever since Reeves was charged with second-degree murder and claimed that he had acted in self-defense. Escobar plans to utilize a video taken at the scene to prove Reeves acted lawfully under Florida’s self-defense law and ultimately have the criminal charges dismissed. With strong support from the National Rifle Association in 2005, the “gunshine state” became the first to pass a ‘stand your ground’ law that allows citizens to use deadly force if they fear their own harm or death. From the outset, Escobar has argued that video taken from inside the movie theater will show that Oulson attacked Reeves first and that his client genuinely feared for his life.

Escobar’s list of potential witnesses includes a retired FBI agent who specializes in use-of-force cases and a retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective and crime scene investigator who wrote a book about the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager fatally shot in Sanford. Reeves’ was justified in having a firearm because the state allows concealed guns in movie theaters and retired police offers are permitted to carry a gun without a license.

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