Pasco theater shooting video won't be released to media yet - WNCN: News, Weather

Pasco theater shooting video won't be released to media yet

Posted: Updated:
Curtis Reeves in his first court appearance Curtis Reeves in his first court appearance
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (WFLA) -

Pasco County prosecutors handed the surveillance video from Wesley Chapel Cobb Theater shooting to the defense team Tuesday at a hearing.

The video captured the moment when, prosecutors said, a former police officer Curtis Reeves shot Chad Oulson in a dispute over texting about three weeks ago. Generally state laws ban the release of videos depicting a killing.

Rachel Fugate, an attorney for News Channel 8, says she believes the public has a right to see that surveillance video, or at the very least, a portion of it prior to the shooting.

"I think the public wants to know what led up to this," said Fugate. "People want to know how a theater outing turned deadly. And, how can we avoid this in the future, how do we keep our children safe. These are all things that the public wants to know "

Judge Pat Siracusa, who presided over the hearing, said he might want to see the video before making a ruling on it. The prosecutors said the video itself was not graphic in nature.

The video captured the moment when, prosecutors said, former police officer Curtis Reeves shot Chad Oulson in a dispute over texting about three weeks ago. Generally state laws ban the release of videos depicting a killing.  Defense attorney Richard Escobar says he wants to see the video before making any comment on its release.

"I think we all can agree here, that once certain evidence gets out to the media, if that evidence is speculative, if that evidence is certainly subject to challenge in the future, once it gets out, the harm has been done," Escobar told the judge.

After the hearing, Escobar addressed awaiting reporters.

"We've gotta try this case in court. Not with the media," Escobar said. "And with all due respect to the media, that's the forum where we get to confront evidence, that's the forum where we get to present evidence, so with all respect to the media, that's where that's where that needs to happen. Not out here. "

Chad Oulson's widow Nicole said she didn't mind the video disclosure to the defense. Reeves' defense lawyers mentioned the video needed to be released to the media in the responsible way.

So far, the video has not been given to any media outlets.  There is a temporary injunction in release of the video until Wednesday.

It will likely be discussed at Reeves' bond hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Baby throwing murder trial underway in Tampa

    Baby throwing murder trial underway in Tampa

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:12:31 GMT
    He shuffled into court wide-eyed, anxious and apprehensive.Richard McTear faced his jury for the first time Tuesday morning.
    He shuffled into court wide-eyed, anxious and apprehensive.Richard McTear faced his jury for the first time Tuesday morning.
  • Bradenton man accused of impregnating 12-year-old girl

    Bradenton man accused of impregnating 12-year-old girl

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:31:02 GMT
    Zachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photoZachrey McDowell is charged with lewd & lascivious battery. Manatee Co. Jail booking photo
    A 30-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after investigators say he met a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and got her pregnant.
    A 30-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after investigators say he met a 12-year-old girl on Facebook and got her pregnant.
  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.