Sarasota police investigate death of Palmetto man as a homicide

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 12, 2014 

MANATEE -- Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Palmetto man as a homicide after finding his body on the side of a road near a school, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

Police officers responded about 10:30 p.m. Monday to a report of a body on the side of the road in the 3200 block of Orange Avenue in Sarasota. The victim was identified by police as Carlton Parhm of Palmetto.

Parhm's body was found on the east curb of the northbound lane of Orange Avenue, according to a police news release.

With his body being found just steps away from Booker High School, police reportedly were flooded with calls

Tuesday morning.

"I cannot release any additional information at this time," Sarasota police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said.

There are still many uncertainties surrounding the case, she said.

Parhm has a record. He was charged with battery and resisting arrest April 1, 2009, after reportedly becoming upset when a Palmetto convenience store clerk refused to sell him a cigar without identification, according to court documents.

On Feb. 23, 2010, a Manatee County court found Parhm incompetent to stand trial and he was placed on conditional release. He was ordered to continue behavioral counseling and undergo competency training through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

On May 18, 2012, following two years of counseling, the charges were dismissed after the court was told Parhm's competency remained poor and there was little likelihood of his regaining competency.

Anyone with information about the case can call Detective Anthony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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