Chad Oulsen Stand Your Ground victim

Stand your ground? Can you kill if attacked by popcorn?

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

A judge will soon decide if a retired police captain was within his rights to shoot to death a man who threw popcorn at him during an argument over cell phone use in a movie theater. It is the latest controversial case involving Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Curtis Reeves testified this week that he feared for his life when Chad Oulsen tossed a bucket of popcorn at him while watching previews at a Wesley Chapel, Florida, theater. If the judge decides Reeves’ fear that Olson was trying to kill him was reasonable, the 75-year-old man will avoid a murder trial.

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Chad Oulsen’s wife, Nicole, also suffered a wound to her left hand in the shooting. Her lawyer T.J. Grimaldi discusses the case with Nancy Grace in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

[Feature Photo: Pasco County Sheriffs Office/ Facebook]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for