Detectives Charge North Lauderdale Man With Murder After Finding Body Buried in His Backyard


By Kevin Deutsch

A North Lauderdale was arrested for murder Wednesday after detectives found the man he allegedly shot to death buried in his backyard, authorities said.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit detectives took Simon Hand, 23, of 1810 SW 64th Terr., into custody after serving a search warrant at Hand’s home and discovering the buried corpse, according to BSO.

The victim’s name was not made public.

According to a press release issued by BSO Friday, “information was developed that revealed the homicide victim was last seen in the company of an individual named Simon Hand on or after July 9.”

On July 20, homicide detectives from BSO and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department responded to Hand’s home and cracked the case.

“The investigation and evidence recovered on scene showed Hand shot the victim to death,” the release states. “In addition, detectives also recovered firearms from inside the home.”

Hand is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

He was being held without bond Friday at the Broward Main Jail.

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Kevin Deutsch
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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