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Movie shooting prosecution narrows witness list

DADE CITY — Prosecutors in the upcoming murder trial of Curtis Reeves have begun to narrow their witness list, removing a Wesley Chapel woman who claimed that Reeves confronted her for using her phone during a movie a month before the fatal shooting at the same theater.

Jamira Dixon told the Tampa Bay Times that Reeves glared at her during a movie showing on a Saturday in December at the Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel.

Neither Dixon nor her husband, who was with her at the theater, were called to testify during Reeves' two-day bail hearing earlier this year. Another Pasco man who later came forward to say Reeves told him to "shut up" for talking in a Zephyrhills movie eight years ago has not been listed as a witness.

Reeves, 72, a retired Tampa police captain, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. The men were at a matinee showing of Lone Survivor with their wives when they argued over Oulson texting his young daughter's babysitter during previews. Reeves is out on bail after spending about six months in jail. The next court hearing is set for Oct. 15.

Also deleted from the list were 28 others, mostly theater patrons who didn't see the shooting, as well as several sheriff's deputies.