NEWS RELEASE 21-003 - JANUARY 21, 2021
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged a Sarasota man with Second Degree Murder.
Deputies were initially alerted Wednesday evening just after 7:00 p.m., to several reports of gunshots in the 1000 block of Marlin Lakes Circle in Sarasota. According to witnesses, two men were overheard arguing before several gunshots were fired, and the suspect left on foot. When deputies arrived, they located the victim lying in a breezeway between apartments. Deputies established a perimeter in an attempt to locate the suspect who later dialed 911 to report he was attacked by the victim. When deputies located 28-year-old Christian Perkins, he admitted to the shooting. Investigation further confirmed Perkins and the victim are known to one another and engaged in a verbal argument which led to the incident. Detectives determined Perkins did not shoot the victim in self-defense.
Both Perkins and the victim live on Marlin Lakes Circle however, the victim’s family opted into Marsy’s Law which is why his identity is not being released. Perkins remains in custody today without bond on a single count of Second Degree Murder. He has no prior arrests in Sarasota County.