Murder plot revealed by ‘pocket dial’
MIAMI – A man who ordered a murder on Interstate 95 “pocket dialed” 911 just before the fatal shooting, the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
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 in Oakland Park.
Homicide detectives arrested Simon, 24, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Tuesday night. He is charged with first-degree murder for his involvement in the May 5 shooting. Detectives do not believe Simon was the triggerman but that he coordinated the shooting after getting into an argument with Walker in a nearby Waffle House.
When deputies arrived at the shooting 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.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying two other suspects. They have released surveillance video of another man they believe to be involved.