Suspect Found Guilty in 2015 Homicide

SARASOTA, Fla. -- February 28, 2017 -- 9:30 a.m.

Diandrew Clarkson, 22, of Tampa, was found guilty on charges of second degree murder late last week in the murder of Daniel Ortiz in Sarasota in September 2015.

On September 28, 2015, Sarasota Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of 25th Street, Sarasota, in reference to a vehicle crash.  Detectives later determined Ortiz was a victim of a gunshot.  EMS responded and transported him to Sarasota Memorial where he later died.  Witnesses told Detectives the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal dispute over the sale of narcotics.

For the last several years, Sarasota Police Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Anthony DeFrancisco and Maria Llovio have worked closely with State Attorney Prosecutor Karen Fraivillig to bring closure to this case.  “The outcome on this case is a result of hard work, dedication and partnership between the Sarasota Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office,” said Detective DeFrancisco.

A sentencing date for Clarkson has not been set.  The 2015 news release is below.
 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 2:58 PM
Subject: Arrest Made in Monday Night Homicide

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department, agents with the United States Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Taskforce with the assistance of the Tampa Police Department, have arrested Diandrew L. Clarkson, 20, of Tampa, in connection with the homicide that occurred Monday evening at approximately 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of 25th Street, Sarasota.  Clarkson has been charged with one count of murder.  Clarkson was arrested Wednesday morning at a residence in Tampa.

On Monday, Officers with the Sarasota Police Department responded to the 1500 block of 25th Street, Sarasota, in reference to a vehicle crash.  Detectives determined the victim, Daniel T. Ortiz, 44, of Sarasota, was a victim of a gunshot wound.  EMS responded and transported Ortiz to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses have told Detectives the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal dispute over the sale of narcotics.  During the dispute, Clarkson pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and fired one shot into the car.  Ortiz then drove several hundred feet before crashing into a tree near the intersection of Orange Avenue and 25th Street.  This is where Officers later found him.

Clarkson has been booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.  His booking photo and PCA are attached.