Neighbors welcome back accused theater shooter

Brooksville, Florida— Accused theater shooter Curtis Reeves is spending his second night back home after being released on bond, and the man who admits to taking a life earlier this year is being welcomed back by neighbors. But not all of them.

"They called me screaming and yelling about somebody's been shot."

It's a January day Yvonne Woods remembers well.

"They were terrified not knowing if it was going to be a massive shooting or what was going to take place," she said.

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Woods is talking about her teenage grandchildren. She said they were in the Wesley Chapel theater where 71-year-old Curtis Reeves pulled a gun and shot a 43-year-old father six months ago.

Reeves was held in Pasco County jail for that time until yesterday when he was released on $150,000 bond to be confined to his home.

Reeves murder trial Judge Pat Siracusa ordered Reeves could be released under these terms:

  • A $150,000 bond.
  • He has to remain at his residence except when attending religious services, seeking medical treatment, or to go to the grocery store.
  • He's not allowed to have a firearm.
  • He has to wear an ankle bracelet for GPS monitoring.

In addition to the other stipulations, Curtis Reeves must also have no contact with Nicole Oulson.

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Now rolling acres and large houses in his Brooksville neighborhood are Reeves' defacto prison as he awaits trial for killing Chad Oulson in a Wesley Chapel movie theater six months ago. And some of his neighbors say they're happy to have him back.

One neighbor who didn't want to speak on camera told us, "Curtis and his wife are two of the finest people you'll ever meet...We're all happy to have him back."

Another told us, "He and his wife have always been really nice. It's unfortunate what happened."

But for Woods, who lives a few miles down from Reeves' Mountain View neighborhood said she's appalled that he's back home.

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"I don't think it's fair to the neighborhood, the residents, or the people in the area," she said. "It happened once, it could happen again."

But TJ Grimaldi, representing Chad Oulson's widow, Nicole, says Reeves' release changes nothing, "Our confidence that he (Reeves) will be convicted as charged by the good people of Pasco County remains as high as ever.

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