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Business partners' quarrel ends in killing

Police have charged a Tampa art appraiser in the killing Sunday of his business partner during a confrontation.

According to police, Richard VanGorden Stedman, 38, was at his residence Sunday evening when Adam Joseph Schulman, 33, came over.

The two started arguing, police said. Then Schulman, of 3032 W Napoleon Ave., slapped Stedman.

Stedman pulled out a revolver and shot Schulman twice in the back, according to Lt. Rocky Ratliffe. The victim died at the apartment, 1314 De Soto Ave. in South Tampa.

Police spokesman Laura McElroy said when police arrived at the apartment, Stedman said, "I shot him; I shot him," then refused to answer their questions.

Stedman faces a charge of second-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Orient Road jail, according to jail records.

He has no history of criminal convictions in Florida. St. Petersburg police in July charged him with driving under the influence, but he was not convicted, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Stedman is manager of Stedman Fine Arts, LLC, according to Florida corporate records. The business is based in St. Petersburg, but the mailing address is 3601 Swann Ave., Unit 109, Tampa.

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