Sarasota Police arrest man in March murder

Posted by Kate Irby on June 6, 2014 

Mugshot of Shaquan Leverett.

SARASOTA -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have charged a man with murder in connection to a homicide that occurred on March 10, according to police.

Shaquan D. Leverett, 19, of Sarasota, was charged with the murder of Carlton Parhm, 23, of Palmetto, according to a release. On March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Department officers responded to the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue in reference a homicide, and found Parhm's body with a gunshot wound.

Investigators said they believe Parhm and four friends drove from Manatee County to Sarasota to meet another individual. During the meeting an argument began, and Parhm and his friends got into the car to avoid violence.

They left the area and drove eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota, according to the release. As the vehicle turned south onto Leon Avenue, a gunshot shattered the front passenger window, killing Parhm.

Police said they have found probable cause for the arrest of Leverett, but the cause was not specified in the report.

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

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