Woman arrested in murder case

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By Bob Reichman

A Lady Lake woman was arrested last week in connection with the January murder of a Wildwood man who died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Sumter sheriff’s detectives arrested Latonia M. Latimer, 24, in connection with the January 2011 murder of Richard. W. Len, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Latimer is the sister of Leonard Massey who is jailed at the Sumter County Detention Center on unrelated drug charges and is a person of interest in Len’s murder.
Massey was arrested Feb. 4 during an undercover drug operation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigative Squad.
On March 7, sheriff’s detective obtained a warrant for Ms. Latimer’s arrest after evidence was discovered indicating her vehicle was used to transport Len’s body to the backyard of an abandoned residence on C.R. 462 in Wildwood.
Len was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on Jan. 12, after his vehicle was found burning on C.R. 216A in the Royal community, according to the press release.
His wife reported him missing and told investigators that her husband had called her saying he “owed somebody $200 and they had a gun.”
Len told his wife to “get the money” before the call was disconnected.
Detectives recovered Len’s body on Jan. 20, off N.E. 15th Dr. in Wildwood, about half a mile from his burnt vehicle.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death was the result of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide.
The case remains under investigation and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. You may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.