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Widow of theater shooting victim plans to attend court hearing


Published:   |   Updated: January 17, 2014 at 03:58 PM

The widow of a man shot to death at a Wesley Chapel movie theater plans to attend a bond hearing next month for the man accused of killing him, an attorney for the woman said Friday.

The bond hearing for Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, a former Tampa police captain, is scheduled Feb. 5 in Dade City. A judge previously denied bail for Reeves, who was charged with second-degree murder after the Monday shooting of Chad Oulson, 43, of Land O’ Lakes at the Cobb Theatres Grove 16.

In addition, a trust fund is being set up to aid Oulson’s family.

The attorneys for the widow, Nicole Oulson, say details of the trust fund will be announced shortly.

In a statement, the attorneys say Nicole Oulson has requested privacy. The statement says she is “grieving the death of her husband” and comforting their 22-month-old daughter, Alexis.

The statement says Nicole Oulson will “make further statements when she can.”

Nicole Oulson, who was wounded in Monday’s shooting, is undergoing surgery and other medical treatment, according to the statement by the law firm McIntyre, Panzarella, Thanasides, Bringgold & Todd.

In response to inquiries about donations to aid the family, the firm says it is setting up a trust fund. In the meantime, checks made out to the Chad Oulson Memorial Fund can be sent to the firm at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1900, Tampa FL 33602.

A memorial service for Oulson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Loyless Funeral Home, 5310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. A visitation begins at 1 p.m.

Investigators say the shooting occurred during an argument in the theater after Reeves asked Chad Oulson to stop texting during movie previews.

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