Arrest made in weekend death investigation; Suspect charged with murder


SARASOTA, Fla. – December 3, 2015 – 3 p.m.

On Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:30 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers responded to 1146 Patterson Drive, Sarasota, for a possible burglary in progress. When Officers arrived, they found Jennifer Copeland, 43, deceased, inside the garage apartment.

Officers began a death investigation immediately. As a result of the investigation, Brian Wilson, 47, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Jennifer Copeland. Wilson was charged at the Hendry County Jail where he is currently being held on unrelated charges of Driving Under the Influence. Copeland was the girlfriend of Wilson.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at