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Man who had sex on High Roller shot dead in car

Posted: 10:24 PM, Mar 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-21 23:15:31Z
The man accused of having sex on the High Roller was fatally shot during a carjacking in Houston this weekend.
 
According to ABC 13 in Houston, Phillip Panzica was shot around 5 a.m. Saturday after picking up his fiancee from an adult entertainment club where she worked. 
 
Four people were inside a black Kia, including Panzica, his fiancee and the two suspects, identified as Bryant Watts and Arron Jones, ABC 13 reported. 
 
According to Houston police, Panzica's fiancee heard Watts say, "You need to come clean." She said Watts also pointed a handgun before shooting Panzica several times, ABC 13 reported.
 
Police told ABC 13 the men then pulled Panzica out of the car and left his body in the road. The fiancee was told to get out of the car, and both suspects took off in the Kia.
 
Houston police Watts and Jones have been arrested on capital murder charges. ABC 13 reported both suspects were found with a large amount of cash. 
 
Panzica and Chloe Alexis Scordianos, 21, of Hicksville, New York were taken into custody on Feb. 5 after an employee observed them smoking and undressing inside a cabin during a ride on The High Roller Observation Wheel. He told 13 Action News he met Scordianos after he got into an argument with his fiancee. 
 
Panzica and Scordianos were arrested and charged with commission of certain sex acts in public. Panzica's fiancee had bailed him out of jail after the incident. 
 
Less than two weeks ago, Panzica's lawyer was in court for his client. Panzica had been offered a plea deal to reduce the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. He had been expected to enter a plea by April 25.
 
Scordianos' next hearing is April 12.