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Police: Suspects took out insurance policy before man was murdered in 2018 Quincy house fire

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 12:01:35-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — The nephew who's accused of taking out an insurance policy on his uncle days before he and his family were murdered and set afire in Quincy has been arrested.

The Quincy Police Department says they, along with the Florida Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Fire, Arson, and Explosives and the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement, have been investigating insurance fraud involving Willie Robinson, who was killed along with two family members in July 2018.

Police have arrested Tallahassee insurance salesman Johathan Andrew Hinton, 53, and Cedric Dewanye Byrd, 37, of Quincy for insurance fraud.

They say Byrd contacted Hinton in March 2018 and asked about buying an insurance policy for his "Uncle Willie." In June 2018, Byrd took out a policy on Robinson for $50,000. Police say Robinson was not aware of what Byrd had done.

In July 6, 2018, United of Omaha issued a formal policy for Robinson with Byrd listed as the beneficiary. Six days after that, police say Byrd and Hinton met to add an accidental death benefit rider to the policy which made the payout $100,000 to Byrd in the event of Robinson's accidental death.

Just two weeks later on July 27, 2018, Robinson and two family members were found dead in a house fire at 622 7th Street in Quincy. Autopsies later determined that all three had actually been murdered.

Both Hinson and Byrd have been charged with scheme to defraud, fraudulent insurance application, and fraudulent insurance claim.

Anyone with information about Byrd’s whereabouts is asked to contact Capt. Robert Mixson with CID at (850) 627-0138 or you can call Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward.

An arrest has not been made in the 2018 triple homicide. A $13,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in the fatal fire.