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Accused movie theater shooter was himself texting, report says

In the case of Curtis Reeves, the retired policeman who allegedly shot dead a texter in a Florida theater, documents reportedly show that he himself had been texting his son just before the movie started.

Curtis Reeves at his bail hearing with his lawyer.
ABC Action News/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

A couple of months ago, Chad Oulson was shot dead, allegedly by retired policeman Curtis Reeves in a spat over Oulson's texting before a movie started.

It's easy for cases like this one from Florida to be forgotten.

Once it emerged that Reeves was said to have had previous arguments with movie theater texters, one imagined that there mightn't be any new facts.

On Thursday, however, the prosecution reportedly released documents that show Reeves himself was texting just before the movie started.

As the Associated Press reports, Reeves' son Matthew, himself a police officer, allegedly received a text from his father at 1:04 p.m. This was just 16 minutes before the lunchtime showing of "Lone Survivor."

Police say Matthew Reeves told them that he planned to join his parents for the movie. He'd been delayed, but walked into the movie theater just as the shot was fired.

It was, police reportedly say, Matthew Reeves who tried to help the dying Oulson by attempting to press someone else's t-shirt against the gunshot wound.

Curtis Reeves is being held in custody, but declared himself not guilty at a hearing in February, in which he was denied bail. His lawyer says he was acting in self-defense.

Forty-three-year-old Oulson's wife, Nicole, who was injured in the shooting, reportedly said in January: "And just to think that in the blink of an eye, my whole world just got shattered into a million pieces. And now I'm left trying to pick them up."