- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys have finished providing evidence in a hearing to determine whether a retired police officer acted in self-defense when he shot a man in a movie theater in 2014.

A judge will decide whether Curtis Reeves should be immune from prosecution under Florida’s controversial stand your ground statute. The two-week hearing ended Friday. The judge will rule by March 10.

The law says a person has no duty to retreat when faced with a violent confrontation and can use deadly force if he or she fears death or great bodily harm.

Reeves shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson during an argument as movie previews played.

Prosecutors say the 74-year-old Reeves provoked the confrontation. Reeves‘ attorneys say Oulson’s actions made him think he was in danger of serious assault.


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