Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Trial begins in 2008 Clearwater cab driver killing

LARGO — Jury selection began Tuesday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing a Clearwater taxi cab driver in 2008.

Tisen KaShawn Washington, 25, of Port Richey, was arrested last year in connection with the shooting death of Yellow Cab driver Jack LaGrand, 50.

LaGrand picked up his last fare on Sept. 17, 2008, at Fat Daddy's, a Dunedin bar. Later, police found him slain inside his cab behind a shopping center at U.S. 19 and Enterprise Road.

Detectives had few leads and used billboard campaigns and fliers to ask for help. But it wasn't until 2012 that a break came in the case. Detectives were able to get surveillance video from the bar enhanced to get a better picture of the man LaGrand picked up at the bar that night. The man was wearing a shirt adorned with roses and skulls, and a witness came forward and identified the man as Washington.

Police believe the motive was robbery because no money was found in the cab. At the time of his arrest, Washington told detectives he remembers going to Fat Daddy's that night and asking a bartender to call him a cab. He recognized a photo of LaGrand, but denied killing him.

The state expects opening statements in his first-degree murder trial to begin Tuesday afternoon.

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