VENICE, Fla. — A man in Sarasota County has been convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the 2020 death of his ex-girlfriend in a Venice bank teller drive-thru. William Tollard was found guilty of killing 40-year-old Angela Zeigler in a tragic and violent incident that shocked the community.
The murder took place on Oct. 5, 2020, in the drive-up teller line of a BB&T bank in Venice. Tollard blocked Zeigler’s Jeep with his truck and a work van, then proceeded to fire multiple gunshots at her, leading to her tragic demise. Surveillance footage captured the horrifying event, as Tollard callously approached Zeigler’s vehicle and unleashed a hail of close-range gunfire before driving away.
Following a tumultuous relationship that spanned approximately 18 months, Zeigler had broken things off with Tollard just five days before the deadly shooting. Investigators discovered manipulative text messages sent by Tollard to Zeigler and her family members, revealing his determination for revenge after being rejected by Zeigler. Assistant State Attorney Karen Fraivillig referred to the case as a tragic example of a man’s inability to accept rejection.
Tollard’s sentencing is pending, but he faces a mandatory life imprisonment for the heinous crime he committed. This case serves as a harrowing reminder of the devastating consequences of domestic violence and the importance of recognizing warning signs in troubled relationships.