Florida Man Learns The Dangers Of Butt Dialing

A man in Florida is in jail thanks to an inadvertently dialed cell phone:

OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) - A man, before fatally shooting another man on I-95, accidentally called 911 which recorded his plan for murder.

Scott Simon was arrested Tuesday night for the murder of 33-year-old Nicholas Walker, who was shot while driving his car onto I-95.

It was a butt-dialing blunder that led police to the man they say orchestrated the fatal shooting. Now they’re looking for his co-conspirators.

In the accidental phone call to 911, Simon is recorded telling someone else that he’s going to follow the victim home and kill him.

Simon has been charged with first-degree murder for his involvement in the killing of Walker on May 5th, although Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives don’t believe he was the one who fired the gun.

Next time, make sure the cell phone is off when announcing your murder plans.

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Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    On my dumbphone, I have to press OK and then Clear before dialing. And yet I’ve *still* butt-dialed people. I don’t know if my ass is really that pointy or what.

  2. Ernieyeball says:

    @Franklin:I don’t know if my ass is really that pointy or what.

    Pictures! We want pictures!

  3. Donald Sensing says:

    My network is Verizon. I have had my Android phone sitting untouched on my desk and twice watched it dial a number in my contacts list, completely uncommanded.

    IIRC, phones do not permit 911 to be a number placed on speed dial because of the butt call problem. So this story is pretty weird.

  4. JKB says:

    I believe that is off, locked in a sound-proof box and in another room.

    Plus, be nice to your smart phone, buy it some apps every once in a while to keep it happy. Otherwise, you might find it outsmarted you by calling the cops.

  5. Mikey says:

    @Donald Sensing: My phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) allows calls to emergency numbers without having to unlock the screen first. That way anyone can dial 911 if they find a person in distress who can’t dial it themselves. Possibly this guy’s phone has the same feature.

  6. Mikey says:

    @JKB: If you want max security, you have to remove the battery, too.

  7. rudderpedals says:

    @Donald Sensing: I have had my Android phone sitting untouched on my desk and twice watched it dial a number in my contacts list, completely uncommanded.

    Overzealous Android initiative module

  8. Franklin says:

    @Ernieyeball:

    Pictures! We want pictures!

    You asked for it.

    /yes that should qualify as safe for work

  9. John Burgess says:

    @Donald Sensing: When I first got a smart phone, I put 911 on speed dial. Then it proceeded to call the police twice in what must have been butt dialing, though I don’t keep the phone in a back pocket. Took 911 off speed dial after that.

  10. anjin-san says:

    If you want max security, you have to remove the battery, too.

    Kinda difficult on an iPhone

  11. Mikey says:

    @anjin-san: Which is one reason I don’t own one.

  12. Ernieyeball says:

    @Franklin: I’m nonplussed! (Who’s your friend?)