TAMPA — Two men are accused of first-degree murder in the death of a South Florida man who was robbed, shot and dumped on the side of a road in Thonotosassa.
Demarkis Laron Grant, 19, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. Andre Ricardo Parham, 21, was arrested early Thursday on the same charges.
George Rodney's body was found Sept. 20 on the side of a road, said Larry McKinnon, a Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman.
The two suspects planned to rob Rodney when they met Sept. 14 at the Travelers Inn motel, 2523 Busch Blvd. Deputies said Parham and Grant planned to tie plastic zip ties around Rodney's neck and rob him of cash, marijuana and cocaine after he lost consciousness. After hatching the plot, deputies said all three men left the motel in the victim's Nissan Versa.
When Rodney stopped the car near Walker Road and Greyrock Road in Thonotosassa, the two suspects got out of the car. Parham shot Rodney while he was still in the car with a .38-caliber revolver, deputies said. Both suspects pulled Rodney out of the car and dumped his body on the side of the road.
They drove away in the car with 2 ounces of marijuana and an undetermined amount of cash, deputies said.
Parham and Grant are being held in jail without bail.