Fort Worth man robbed of gambling winnings before being killed

Posted Monday, Oct. 21, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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David Liggins stepped out of a gambling house with a large amount of money in his pockets last month and was robbed and fatally shot in the face.

The gunman who left the scene and a second man who organized the ambush after he lost “a lot of money” to the victim were arrested last week without incident, according to arrest warrant affidavits obtained Monday by the Star-Telegram.

Eba Chapple, 36, of Fort Worth, who detectives believe organized the robbery, and Anthony Simmons, 26, of Fort Worth, accused of being the gunman, remained in the Mansfield Jail on Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

Police would not elaborate on the motive Monday, but the affidavits gave this account of the shooting:

Liggins, an electrical coordinator for General Motors, was gambling at a house in the 4500 block of Richardson Street on the city’s east side on the morning of Sept. 14. A search warrant later confirmed that a garage had been converted into a gaming room where poker and dice were played. Eight-liners also were discovered in the garage.

Liggins was winning a lot of money, mostly from Chapple, according to witnesses.

Liggins announced he was taking a break and going to his car to make himself a drink. Chapple said he was going outside to urinate and left shortly before Liggins, witnesses said.

A witness told police he heard a gunshot, and when he went outside he saw a man standing over Liggins, who was critically wounded. The man got into a gray Ford Taurus and drove away.

Witnesses said they were aware that a man known as “Ant” drove Chapple to gambling locations in a gray Ford Taurus.

Chapple contacted police hours later saying he had heard his name had come up in connection with the shooting and wanted to clear his name. He refused to meet with authorities.

After several days on life support, Liggins died.

Eventually, Chapple met with detectives and denied involvement in the robbery/shooting. He told authorities he had gone outside of the house to buy marijuana from someone called “BG.”

Through the investigation, detectives determined that Chapple had made several phone calls and sent several text messages to a telephone owned by “Ant,’ who was later identified as Anthony Simmons.

Detectives also obtained surveillance video that showed Chapple being picked up earlier from another gambling location by a man in a Ford Taurus. A witness confirmed that Simmons owned a gray Taurus.

Simmons and Chapple are expected to be charged with capital murder.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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