Arrest made in Sanford insurance agency murder - FOX 35 News Orlando

Arrest made in Sanford insurance agency murder

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An arrest has been made in the murder of Sanford insurance agent Cynthia McGee Bryant.

Bryant, 53, was found shot to death just after noon on Monday at McGee Insurance, at 400 West 25th Street in Sanford.  Police had named Bryant's boyfriend, 46-year-old Richard L. Barnes, as the prime suspect in the case.  

Barnes was located along Magnolia Ave. in Orlando around 1 p.m. and taken into custody after officers received a tip.  Barnes is at Orlando police headquarters, where he is being questioned about the case.

Witnesses said Barnes was seen near his girlfriend's workplace shortly before the fatal shooting.   The witnesses also told detectives that moments after they heard gunshots, Barnes was seen leaving the area.

A short time later, a patron arrived at the insurance office to pay a bill and found Bryant's body and contacted 911.
"She would help me, she always gave me good advice," said the victim's hairdresser, Tiffany Williams.  "She was like a role model to me.  She was a really good woman. Spiritually she helped me. She was a preacher of the gospel. She was just a good woman.  She didn't deserve that. She didn't deserve it."
Williams had been Bryant's hairdresser for close to a decade.  She said they talked about everything at her weekly appointments and Bryant never let on if she felt in danger.
"She never mentioned having a problem. Everybody loved her, they respected her. There was never an issue with anybody," Williams added.

No charges have been announced. 

This is a developing story.  We will have a live report during FOX 35 News at 5 p.m. and continue to post updates on throughout the day.


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