Suspect: Cabbie shot over stolen drugs

August 25, 2009 11:04:34 AM PDT
The parolee charged with killing a Bronx livery cab driver said he is a "dope fiend" who shot another drug dealer two days before. Sources say 31-year-old Benny Delgado told detectives he shot hard-working livery driver Jose Pena-Segura Sunday night in retaliation for drugs stolen by the driver's friend.

Pena-Segura's friend apparently stole pills, and Delgado went to collect. When Delgado couldn't find the friend who took the drugs, he instead set up Pena-Segura, who had nothing to do with the botched drug deal.

"I told Jose to go to an address that I knew was fake," Delgado said in a statement read during his arraignment Tuesday. "When we arrived, I shot him in the back of the head."

Delgado was also charged with shooting another drug dealer two days earlier. He said he shot drug dealer John Latigua after Latigua fired his weapon too close to Delgado's ear.

According to the criminal complaint, Delgado said: "I went to see John to get some heroin. He shot at a drive by and I got upset because the three shots he fired went next to me. Then I left. I came back and he gave me 25 bags of heroin. I was upset about the shots he had fired. I asked him about it and he cursed at me. I got upset and shot him in the chest."

The shooting left Latigua in critical condition.

The judge ordered Delgado held without bail until his next court appearance, scheduled for Friday.


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