Florida Man Butt-Dials 911; His Murder Plot Gets Accidentally Recorded
This just in from the Broward Sheriff's Office:
At 6:41 a.m. on May 5, "a man who orchestrated a murder on Interstate 95 'pocket dialed' 911 just before [a] fatal shooting. On a recorded line, Scott Simon can be heard telling someone else that he's going to follow the victim home and kill him. Minutes later, 33-year-old Nicholas Walker was shot and killed while driving his car onto the highway."
The killing occurred at the on-ramp to I-95 at Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park, near Fort Lauderdale.
Though officers don't believe he pulled the trigger, Simon, 24, was arrested Tuesday night by officers from the Broward Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree murder. Detectives say he organized the shooting after arguing with Walker at a Waffle House.
From a news release:
When deputies arrived at the scene shortly after 6:40 a.m., they found Walker's silver Buick crashed into a guard rail. Deputies and Oakland Park Fire Rescue extinguished a fire in the engine compartment, but Walker had already died of gunshot wounds. The investigation prompted a three-hour closure of all southbound lanes of I-95.
One of two suspects who is still at large.
Detectives are asking the public to help identify two other suspects. Both were in a black 2012 Buick GS early on May 5. Call in tips to 954-321-4281 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers 954-493-TIPS (8477) or via browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Alas, BSO says "the errant 911 call will not be released," nor will Simon's arrest warrant, which has been sealed.
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