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Tue Jan 14, 2014, 02:48 PM

Bond denied for ex-cop who allegedly shot texting dad at movies

(CNN) -- It started Monday afternoon with a Florida father sending text messages during the previews of an afternoon movie.

It ended with the 43-year-old father shot dead amid the theater seats, and a 71-year-old retired police officer charged with second-degree murder.

The former cop, Curtis Reeves, was denied bond during his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Circuit Court Judge Lynn Tepper also ruled that there is "more than sufficient probable cause" for the second-degree murder charge to remain after hearing Reeves' private defense attorney argue against that.

Reeves wasn't in court. He appeared via a closed-circuit television from jail, shirtless, wearing a thick, padded jail-issued vest. Defense attorney Richard Escobar addressed the monitor, and told his client that they would "speak in confidence," indicating that Reeves should say nothing.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/14/justice/florida-movie-theater-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

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Reply Bond denied for ex-cop who allegedly shot texting dad at movies (Original post)
William769 Jan 2014 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2014 #1
William769 Jan 2014 #2
SoCalMusicLover Jan 2014 #3
pintobean Jan 2014 #7
blkmusclmachine Jan 2014 #4
groundloop Jan 2014 #5
TBF Jan 2014 #6
William769 Jan 2014 #8
TBF Jan 2014 #11
William769 Jan 2014 #12
uppityperson Jan 2014 #14
Dawson Leery Jan 2014 #9
Solly Mack Jan 2014 #10
alcibiades_mystery Jan 2014 #13
Rex Jan 2014 #15
rhett o rick Jan 2014 #16
Starry Messenger Jan 2014 #17
Gothmog Jan 2014 #18

Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 02:56 PM

1. The bond should be denied. What he did (never mind allegedly!) was wrong.

The whole scenario makes me sick.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 02:59 PM

2. I agree whole heartedly!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:01 PM

3. Looking Forward To The Spin On This One

I expect nothing less than a great explanation of why this was justified.

Since it's Florida, if they can get a jury sympathetic to either cops, old guys, or gun lovers, then he's home free.

Perhaps a couple of jury members will feel sorry for the retired pig, and not want to see him wallow in prison for his remaining years.

I've lost hope on justice being served these days though. cops can pretty much get away with anything these days, so I'm sure this retired one felt like he was merely doing his job.

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Response to SoCalMusicLover (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:12 PM

7. I doubt it ever goes to trial

He'll plea bargain.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:03 PM

4. Stand Your Ground ???

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:09 PM

5. Maybe not.... the victim was white and wasn't armed with Skittles

Seriously, what a load of bull shit.

Edit to add: The thing is, there are a lot of people out there who could have done this same thing had they a) gotten pissed off enough and most importantly b) had a loaded handgun in their possession. Take one of those two links out of the chain and we wouldn't be talking about this. Hell, it takes a lot to set me off, but once I go over the edge I really go, so I can kinda' see how this could go down ..... but I don't carry a weapon.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:11 PM

6. Well at least the judge has a brain -

I am so tired of these stories. I wonder if it ever occurred to the old man to just talk to an usher ...

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Response to TBF (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:13 PM

8. Agreed.

But with all the threads about the incident without follow-up. I though this OP was warranted.

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Response to William769 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:50 PM

11. Yup. I like this story :)

It's about time they keep one of these guys in jail - at least until the NRA figures out how to get him out.

No problem with the hunters, but this "shoot first" mentality is getting a little crazy.

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Response to TBF (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:52 PM

12. Agreed.

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Response to William769 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 04:50 PM

14. k&r with agreement and thanks.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:18 PM

9. Why should this filfth get bond?

He is clearly a threat to the public.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:21 PM

10. K&R

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:52 PM

13. Sit in jail, gunner trash

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 04:54 PM

15. I agree, the gun humper can rot in jail forever.

I wonder how many bodies this guy racked up under the table? I mean he shot and killed an innocent person, for texting in a theater! What other minor things set this guy off when he was a cop, one has to wonder...and where are all the bodies buried at.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 04:54 PM

16. There are too many guns in the hands of idiots. nm

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 05:06 PM

17. This story makes me so sad.

That sweet little girl will never see her loving dad again. How do you grow up knowing a man who loved you so much was gunned down senselessly and horribly?

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2014, 06:16 PM

18. This is a very sad story

Denial of bond was appropriate and I doubt that stand your ground will get this guy off

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