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Florida Tour Coach Driver Shoots and Kills Co-worker

LCT Staff
Posted on April 11, 2007

MIRAMAR, FLA. — A charter bus driver dissatisfied with his co-worker's driving shot and killed him on April 2, after they had taken a Weston middle school band to a competition in Atlanta. Larry B. Hall, 59, of Fort Lauderdale, shot Ernest Dasilma in the chest in a parking lot in the 3900 block of South State Road 7 after complaining about Dasilma's driving throughout the weekend trip, police said. It happened about 1:00 a.m. and no children were present. Hall jumped into a Ford Explorer and left Dasilma, 55, to die in the parking lot next to the charter bus company, Diplomat Coach, police said. A third driver, Dennis DaCosta Ellis, heard gunshots and called the owner of the company, who notified police. Investigators called Hall on his cell phone during the day, and he surrendered Monday evening at Fort Lauderdale attorney Wayne Corry's office. Police arrested him on a first-degree murder charge and took him to Broward County Jail, where he remains without bail.

Dasilma, Hall and Ellis, 59, rotated shifts driving two busloads of the Falcon Cove Middle School band to Atlanta for the annual Fiesta-val, a regional school band and chorus competition. Hall was convicted of felony aggravated battery in 1999, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records. Since 2005, the Jessica Lunsford Act has mandated that state school districts fingerprint and conduct background checks on contract workers who come in contact with children. The law, which is retroactive, asks that districts disqualify workers found to have committed acts of "moral turpitude," referring to felony crimes involving sex or children, drugs, or extreme violence like aggravated battery and murder. The law applies to construction workers, photographers taking school pictures, referees for school athletic events, consultants and trainers, and charter bus drivers.

Hall was also convicted of three traffic infractions in 2003, including careless driving, which put four points on his record, according to state records. Dasilma also was convicted of a 2003 traffic infraction — defective equipment — but didn't receive any points for it, records show.

Sources: South Florida Sun-Sentinel & BusRide Magazine

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