Florida man formally charged in death of elderly woman

Posted at 2:46 PM, May 10, 2022 and last updated 1:28 PM, July 17, 2023

By: WTXL Digital Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A man was formally charged in the death of an elderly woman.

Martin E. Barrett (Tallahassee Police Dept.)

According to Leon County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Office records, Martin E. Barrett was indicted or formally charged Friday for first degree murder of Cecilia Lopez-Quessada.

On or around April 3, Barrett, age 59, is accused of killing Lopez-Quessada by strangulation and blunt force head trauma, which caused her death.

Cecilia Lopez-Quessada (Tallahassee Police Dept.)

The court document adds Barrett’s actions were premeditated.

The Tallahassee Police Department announced Lopez-Quessada, age 74, was missing on April 5.

On April 8, her body was found in a wooded area.

This story was originally published May 9, 2022 by WTXL in Tallahassee, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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