UPDATE: Arrest made in Sarasota homicide

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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:05 am

**UPDATE** Investigators have arrested a 38-year-old Sarasota man for the murder of 45-year-old David Alessandrini Monday.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Edward Rutherford has been charged with Murder.

Alessandrini's wife told investigators that she received a call from Rutherford Monday afternoon claiming that he found her husband dead at their home in Sarasota. The woman, who was parked just up the street when she received the call, saw Rutherford speed away from the house.

Deputies found the door locked but signs of forced entry. Upon searching the home they found 45-year-old David Alessandrini dead. Detectives issued a bulletin to locate Rutherford and provided a description of his vehicle. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Police quickly responded that they had contacted Rutherford when he picked up a relative who flew in for a family gathering at Sun 'n Fun.

Deputies located Rutherford at his parents' home there and recovered evidence of the crime.  According to a sheriff's office report, a search of the home revealed blood in a sink and on a bar of soap, a black case containing a scale and a large amount of money, and a white envelope with Alessandrini's name on it.


SARASOTA- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in the 2100 block of Oak Terrace in Sarasota.

Deputies received a call from a woman around 4 o'clock Monday afternoon.  She arrived home and found the door ajar and her husband on the floor.

The victim is identified as David Robert Alessandrini.  A person is in custody and being questioned by detectives.

ABC 7 will have the latest developments as this story unfolds.

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