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Two store robbery suspects indicted on murder charges

By BRADY DENNIS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 22, 2003

TAMPA -- Hillsborough sheriff's deputies on Wednesday announced the indictment of two South Florida men in the murder of a witness who followed two robbers from a store.

Arnold Klotsch, 45, was shot in the head March 1 outside a liquor store at the Town 'N Country Albertson's, where his wife, Denise, works.

On Wednesday, Chief Deputy David Gee said a Hillsborough grand jury had indicted Andrew Asher Walters, 23, of Miramar and Richard J. Sampeur, 19, of Miami on first-degree murder charges.

Walters, also known as "Drew" or "Murder," currently is in jail in Miami on aggravated battery charges stemming from a March 11 car chase. Hillsborough deputies said they plan to bring him back to Hillsborough this week.

Sampeur, also known as "Cash," remains at large. Officials said they suspect he is near Miami.

Gee asked for help from the public in locating Sampeur. But he cautioned that he could be armed and dangerous.

"This person has obviously demonstrated that he will use a firearm," Gee said, "and we have every reason to believe that he may be armed again."

Both suspects were charged in the Albertson's robbery, and in another robbery on Feb. 26 at the Speedway gas station at 6211 N Dale Mabry Highway.

Detectives said they had recovered two handguns in Hillsborough County thought to have been used in the murder. They also said they found hooded sweat shirts, ski masks and gloves in Walters' car when he was arrested.

The two men have extensive criminal records in Florida, records show.

Walters has been arrested six times on charges such as robbery, fraud and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Sampeur also has six prior arrests on charges such as robbery, vehicle theft, marijuana possession and resisting an officer.

Denise Klotsch said Wednesday the indictments made her feel a little better, but nothing could bring back her husband, the father of her four children.

"They took something from us we'll never have again," she said. "It's hard. It's very hard. I think they should get the death penalty."

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