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Wesley Chapel, Florida -- Curtis Reeves' legal team has filed an appeal to overturn the judge's ruling to deny him bail.

The 71-year-old is accused of shooting Chad Oulsen to death in a Wesley Chapel movie theater during an argument over texting.

Reeves' attorney maintains his client has been wrongfully denied a pretrial release and is being illegally detained.

A pretrial hearing was held on March 9 to discuss a possible trial date, but no date was set. Defense attorney Dino Michaels wanted six months before another pre-trial hearing, saying Reeves agreed to waive a speedy trial, so they can prepare a better defense.

Judge Pat Siracusa found some middle ground and assigned another pre-trial hearing for July 9. Both the state and the defense agreed to allow the remaining discovery to be released to the public.

Reeves, a retired Tampa Police captain, has been in the Pasco County jail since Jan. 13. Judge Siracusa wants to get a trial date set sometime in the fall.

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