The retired Florida cop who allegedly shot and killed a young dad who was texting during a movie "had every right to defend himself" after the man hurled a bag of popcorn at him, his lawyer said, reports the New York Daily News.

Curtis Reeves, 71, made his first appearance in court Tuesday to face second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing Chad Oulson, 43, during an argument over texting at a Tampa-area theater Monday.

Judge Lynn Tepper ordered Reeves held without bond and rejected the defense's claims that the murder charges were too severe.

"The evidence of guilt is significant," Tepper said. 

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