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Tampa man with evil plan shot to death

Police say his intent to rob drug dealers is what got him killed.

By Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler, Times Staff Writer
Published November 15, 2005

David Clifford Simpson set out Monday night to rob a group of drug dealers in north Tampa, but he ended up dead when the men followed Simpson and his accomplice to a McDonald's and started firing, according to Hillsborough sheriff's investigators.

By Tuesday morning before dawn, the man accused of killing Simpson and wounding Antonio Rashad Ramsey was in the county jail on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Joseph Lushington Garrell, 21, was arrested at 6 a.m. after he admitted to shooting Simpson, 20; and Ramsey, 25, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Tuesday afternoon, sheriff's investigators identified the Nissan driver as Franz Nicholas Cargill, 23, of 13812 Orchard Court Apt. 161, Tampa. Detectives said they want to interview him about the shooting.

The confrontation began Monday night at 50th Street and Fletcher Avenue. Carter said Simpson and Ramsey drove to the area with two other unidentified men, intending to rob drug dealers.

"Their plans didn't go as they anticipated," Carter said.

The group of alleged drug dealers fled. So Simpson and his acquaintances drove to McDonald's at 22nd Street and Fletcher Avenue to get food.

"Unbeknownst to them, the drug dealers had gotten in their car and followed them," Carter said.

In the McDonald's parking lot, Simpson's group - traveling in a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier - was cut off by Garrell and another, unidentified man traveling in a gold Nissan Maxima, investigators said.

Garrell, a passenger in the Nissan, got out and started firing, Carter said. He hit Simpson, of 13701 La Mancha Court, in the upper torso. Simpson staggered to the drive-through, where he collapsed and died, according to sheriff's officials.

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