Crime

Retired Cop Denied Bail in Movie Theater Slaying

Lawyer says he was defending himself for shooting guy who threw popcorn at him

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The retired Florida cop who allegedly shot and killed a young dad who was texting during a movie "had every right to defend himself" after the man hurled a bag of popcorn at him, his lawyer said.

Curtis Reeves, 71, made his first appearance in court Tuesday to face second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing Chad Oulson, 43, during an argument over texting at a Tampa-area theater Monday. 

Judge Lynn Tepper ordered Reeves held without bond and rejected the defense's claims that the murder charges were too severe.