Man Busted for Ferris Wheel Sex Shot Dead

Houston cops say Philip Panzica was killed in carjacking
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2016 3:29 AM CDT
Man Busted for Ferris Wheel Sex Shot Dead
This booking photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Philip Frank Panzica of Houston.   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

The life of the man arrested last month for allegedly having sex on a Las Vegas Ferris wheel came to a violent end in his hometown early Saturday morning in what police say was a carjacking. Police in Houston say that after 27-year-old Philip Panzica drove away from a strip club with his fiancee around 5am, he was shot and killed by two acquaintances riding in the back seat, the Houston Chronicle reports. Cops say the fiancee, who works as a dancer at the club, heard one of the men tell Panzica, "You need to come clean," before shooting him several times. The suspects then allegedly dumped Panzica's body on the roadside and ordered the fiancee out of the car before taking off with her night's earnings.

Suspects Bryant Christopher Watts, 28, and Aaron Jones, 31, were arrested a few hours later and have been charged with capital murder, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. It wasn't immediately clear whether the fiancee is the same woman Panzica was supposed to marry in Vegas last month before he drank numerous margaritas and ended up on the High Roller ride with another woman. He initially faced a felony charge of committing a sex act in public, but after his lawyer negotiated a plea deal, he was expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. (This mom foiled a carjacking when her kids were in the back seat.)

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