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Defense attorney Richard Escobar, right, and movie theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves listen during Thursday’s hearing.Pool photo

Date set for movie theater shooting trial

DADE CITY — A judge Thursday set an Aug. 24 date for the murder trial of Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting and killing a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater last January. Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa said he expects the trial to last three weeks, closing on Sept. 11. Reeves, 72, is ch …


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    It didn't matter.

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