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Man accidentally dialed 911 as he was planning a murder, authorities say

Posted May 23, 2013 5:30 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly dialing 911 by accident as he was discussing his plan to commit the crime.

Authorities say Scott Simon, 24, got into an argument at a restaurant, then called 911 by accident as he was following the soon-to-be-victim home earlier this month and discussing with another person the claimed murder plot, reports the Sun Sentinel. Nicholas Romondo Walker, 33, was fatally shot minutes after Simon's accidental call.

As he spoke, emergency dispatch personnel recorded the call and eventually traced it to Simon. He is accused of coordinating the slaying of Walker but not actually shooting the victim to death.

“This is a first for me,” a spokeswoman for the Broward sheriff's office told the Miami Herald. “Criminals say crazy things all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone call a recorded line.”

Authorities also obtained surveillance footage from the restaurant and are looking for other suspects.

Simon was arrested Tuesday. The articles don't include any comment from Simon or his counsel.

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