Co-defendants, Davion Lee, left, and Sean Thomas, right, are on trial in connection to the 2019 murder of Christopher Ramos in Sarasota.

Sarasota men guilty of murder of Christopher Ramos

Co-defendants, Davion Lee, left, and Sean Thomas, right, are on trial in connection to the 2019 murder of Christopher Ramos in Sarasota.

A jury found two men guilty of murder on Wednesday in connection to the 2019 killing of 26-year-old Christopher Rashad Ramos. 

Co-defendants Davion Lee, 20, and Sean Thomas, 24, were convicted of murder in the first degree, armed burglary of a dwelling, and robbery with a firearm. 

A sentencing date for Thomas and Lee has not yet been determined. 

Assistant Public Defender Marc Gilman, who represented Lee, declined to comment. Attorney Jonathan Hackworth, who represented Thomas, could not be reached for comment Thursday as he was in trial for another case. 

Assistant State Attorney William Greiner has yet to return calls for comment.

During the trial, jurors heard from detectives, Charron Xavier Demarquis Martin, a third suspect arrested in connection to the murder, and watched a 30-minute interrogation video of Thomas which showed him getting flustered as detectives kept pushing about his whereabouts the morning of March 8, 2019. 

Co-defendant Sean Thomas listens to testimony during his trial Monday. Thomas and Davion Lee are on trial in connection to the 2019 murder of Christopher Ramos in Sarasota.

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In other news:Suspect in 2020 fatal shooting on Leon Avenue found guilty of manslaughter with firearm

That morning before 9 a.m., Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting in the 2100 block of Banneker Way, where they found Ramos dead inside a home.

A probable cause affidavit indicates deputies found Ramos in the front bedroom of the home with multiple gunshot wounds. There were no signs of forced entry and four shell casings found at the scene were determined to have been from the same gun. 



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