Suspect Found Guilty in 2016 Homicide

CASE UPDATE: Suspect Found Guilty in 2016 Homicide

Rufus Adams was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, May 4, 2017 for the 2016 homicide of William Shipp.

SARASOTA, FL. – April 21, 2017   – 1:30 p.m.

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.  Adams was found guilty on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 6 a.m., Sarasota Police officers responded to a gunshot victim at 1524 25th Street, Sarasota.  The victim, William Shipp, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses told officers there were numerous people at the above address when Shipp arrived and there was an argument between he and Adams.  Adams told Shipp to leave and when he refused Adams told Shipp he was going to kill him.  Adams shot Shipp multiple times. 

The case was investigated by Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Detectives Maria Llovio and Anthony DeFrancisco.  “We’re very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Detective Llovio.  “This is a result of hard work and dedication not just from our agency but also through the partnership we have with the State Attorney’s Office,” said Llovio.  “Prosecutors Karen Fraivillig and Elizabeth Loeffler were an intricate part of this case."

Adams’ sentencing is set for early May.  

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.