Sarasota man arrested in March homicide

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SARASOTA, FL. - Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have charged a Sarasota man in connection to a March 10th homicide.

On March 10 around 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Department officers responded to the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue in reference a homicide. Upon arrival, officers located the body of 23-year-old Carlton Parhm of Palmetto.

According to Sarasota Police, Parhm and 4 friends drove from Manatee County to Sarasota to meet with another individual. During the meeting, an argument began and Parhm and the individuals got into a car to avoid a confrontation. They left the area and drove eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota. As the vehicle turned south onto Leon Avenue, a gunshot shattered the front passenger front window, striking and killing Parhm.

During the investigation, detectives developed probable cause for the arrest of 19-year-old Shaquan Leverett.

"This is the beginning of helping the family of Carlton Parhm find closure to this tragic event. While this continues to be an ongoing investigation, a violent criminal is off the streets of the city of Sarasota," said Detective Tony DeFrancisco, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department.

Anyone with information in connection to this case, is encouraged to call Detective Tony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at