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Man who killed texter in cinema was also texting

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A dispute over sending a text message in a cinema resulted in a retired policeman shooting the phone user earlier this year.

However, it has now been revealed in the court papers that the accused murderer who was so incensed by someone using their mobile phone, had himself been sending text messages in the same cinema just minutes before the shooting.

According to local media reports, Chad and Nicole Oulson were at the cinema in a Florida town in January 2014, and sitting in front of retired policeman, Curtis Reeves, 71 with his wife.

There seems to have been a dispute over the use of the phone during the film screening, and Reeves is said to have left the cinema. Upon his return shortly afterwards, the dispute resumed, and at that point, he pulled out a gun and shot the couple.

However, court papers that have been released by the Florida prosecutors include a statement from the accused man's son, confirming that they had exchanged text messages while he was inside the cinema.

Curtis Reeves has been charged with second-degree murder and faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty, as he claims that he acted in self-defense after the victim had assaulted him first.

The US state where the case is being heard has a controversial "stand your ground" law that provides for such a defense, although shooting someone simply because they allegedly punched you seems excessive. Most people call the police.

The court papers however also show that there have been previous incidents in cinemas where the accused has complained about people sending text messages during film screenings.

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