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16-year-old charged in fatal stabbing makes first appearance

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Published: Jul. 17, 2016 at 10:34 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 25, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A 16-year-old charged with second degree murder in a fatal stabbing in Tallahassee has made his first court appearance.

Adolphus Pace appeared in court on Sunday and was denied bond.

Pace was arrested after 64-year-old Charles Rich was found stabbed to death in his car outside of the Dade Community Center on July 17th.

Police say surveillance video from the Community Center and fingerprints on the car linked Pace to the scene.

According to arrest papers, Pace told police that he met Rich at a convenience store and asked for a ride to the Dade Community Center. Pace claims that when they arrived at the Center, Rich propositioned him for sex. Pace says when he declined, Rich pulled out a large knife and swung it at him. Pace claims that he ducked in the backseat of the car and Rich struck himself in the back of the neck with the knife. Pace claims he then grabbed Rich's hand and tried to take control of the knife, stabbing him four times.

Arrest papers say the severity of Rich's injuries was "completely inconsistent" with Pace's account.

Pace was arrested on July 17th and has been booked into the Leon County Jail. He is being charged as an adult in the case.

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By: Erin Lisch

July 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Saturday night, 64-year-old Charles Rich was stabbed to death in his car outside of the Dade Community Center.

The person accused in his murder is only 16-years-old. Although he's a minor, the State Attorney's Office says Adolphus Pace will be charged as an adult for this vicious crime.

Just hours before the murder of Charles Rich, people told us they were at the Dade Community Center that day.

Evelyn Henderson was at the center for an event that afternoon. "It could've been me. It's hard," she said.

Sunday morning, police found Rich dead in his car outside of the center. Video surveillance from the center is now being used in the investigation.

According to the police report, Rich arrived to the center's parking lot around 11:30pm, but never left.

Around that same time, they say Adolphus Pace was seen in those videos.

He was also seen with Rich's wallet and investigators found his fingerprints on Rich's car.

Autopsy findings from the police report say "The victim had received more than fifteen puncture wounds and lacerations to his head, face, throat, front torso, back and arms."

News of the arrest and murder have many in this neighborhood feeling uneasy.

Angelica Colson's boyfriend plays at the centers basketball courts."It's getting crazy out here really. It's really, it's really scary,” she said.

"Around the corner? It could've been in my front yard, it could've been at my house next door. A 16-year-old, 11:30 at night? He should've been home," said Henderson.

Living only yards away from the center since 1961, James Randolph said, "I said, oh my lord right at my door! Standing on my front porch I'd have seen it if I’d of been up and out sitting on my porch.”

A deadly scene outside of a place many considered a community safe haven.

City of Tallahassee representatives want to make it clear that security measures like the cameras are in place and the incident did not happen while the center was open.

This investigation is ongoing. TPD is asking anyone with information about this case to call at (850) 891-4200, or if they wish to remain anonymous, to call CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has made an arrest in the murder of 64-year-old Charles N. Rich.

Rich was found dead in a running vehicle in the parking lot of the Dade Street Community Center around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. It was determined that Rich had died of multiple stab wounds.

According to investigators, evidence at the scene determined that the suspect was in the backseat of the car when they stabbed Rich more than 15 times. The knife used in the crime was found lodged in the victim's chest.

Tuesday night, police arrested a 16-year-old Adolphus Pace in connection to the murder.

According to TPD, surveillance video footage from the Dade Street Community Center showed Rich’s vehicle entering the parking lot at 11:34 p.m. on Saturday. At 11:51 p.m., the surveillance video showed a male subject, later identified as the Pace, leaving the parking lot.

The arrest affidavit says Pace was also seen on the surveillance video at 11:53 p.m. looking through a wallet and throwing out certain items that were inside. Investigators recovered those items at the scene and determined that they belonged to Rich.

Fingerprints found on Rich's vehicle were also a match to Pace.

Pace was taken in for questioning and subsequently arrested for second degree murder.

The State Attorney's Office has confirmed that Pace will be charged as an adult.

He is currently being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center, but is expected to be transferred to jail this week.

To view the redacted arrest affidavit, click

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee police say they're investigating the case of a man found dead in a car over the weekend as a homicide.

TPD says that Charles N. Rich, 64, was found dead in a running vehicle in the parking lot of the Dade Street Community Center around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say a passerby called the Consolidated Dispatch Agency about the vehicle.

No further details are available at this time but TPD is asking anyone with information to call a hotline for the case at (850) 891-4881 or remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

July 17, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) - Tallahassee Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a car.

Police received a call around 8:25 a.m. about a vehicle with the engine running in a parking lot of the Dade Street Community Center.

One police arrived, they found a male in the drivers seat, dead.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers (850) 574-TIPS.