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Jury hears 911 call about Tampa mother fatally shot while holding child

TAMPA — The 911 call was the kind that dispatchers get all the time: A mother was complaining that her daughter's angry boyfriend wouldn't leave the house. She wanted a deputy to come out and make him leave.

Seconds later, the mother called again. This time, she screamed 10 anguished words:

"He shot my daughter!"

"He shot her with a gun!"

A jury heard those words Tuesday in the trial of Cedrick Salter, 30, a Tampa DJ charged with first-degree murder. He is accused of shooting Saquanda Simon, his girlfriend, in her home on Sept. 8, 2009.

She was shot as she held one of their 18-month-old twins in her arms.

Simon was a 30-year-old widowed mother of four. She had two older children by a husband who died of sickle cell anemia. She worked at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

On Tuesday, Simon's mother, Arleen Jackson, described how Salter had shown up angry at the house and followed Simon from room to room as she held one of the baby twins. Jackson said her daughter kept telling Salter to go.

Just after her first 911 call, the mother heard two shots. Her daughter lay on the floor near the dining room table. The baby she held, Cy'Necia, had fallen next to her.

One bullet had hit the wall. The other struck Simon just above her right eyebrow. She bled profusely from her nose and mouth.

Jackson said Salter ran from the house.

In opening statements Tuesday, Assistant State Attorney Kyle Pennington said evidence would show the shooting was premeditated.

Salter's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Greg Hill, said the jury would see that the shooting was "a deadly accident."

The jury has not been told of a domestic violence complaint Simon made the previous March.

In the complaint she said she had broken up with Salter after finding out he was seeing other women. She said Salter texted her repeatedly, then came to her home. She said he forced her into his car and threatened to stab her with a screwdriver.

Her complaint was dropped after Simon failed to show up at a hearing.

When the trial continues today before Hillsborough County Judge Emmett Battles, jurors will view text messages from Simon's cell phone and watch a video of his statement to Hillsborough County detectives after he turned himself in.

Jury hears 911 call about Tampa mother fatally shot while holding child 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:59pm]
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