Caregiver, husband shot, killed 89-year-old woman in her Ponce Inlet condo, police say

Victim identified by police as Margaret D. Hindsley

PONCE INLET, Fla. – A 22-year-old caregiver and her husband were arrested Wednesday on murder charges in the death of an 89-year-old woman who was shot multiple times in her Ponce Inlet condo, police said.

Tyden Paul Guinn, 24, and Micayala Faith Yusco were arrested in the death of Margaret D. Hindsley, who was shot around 5 a.m. along Links Village Drive, according to Ponce Inlet Police Chief Jeff Glazier.

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Glazier said officers were called to 4670 Links Village Drive and found Hindsley suffering from gunshot wounds. Hindsley was taken to Halifax Hospital by the Ponce Inlet Fire Department, where she died a short time later, according to Glazier.

Guinn’s father called 911 after the couple informed him of a “possible murder.”

“They just came home and told me they just did this,” the suspects’ relative said in the 911 call. “I woke up, they just came in and told me they just shot somebody... I had a feeling that they were gonna shoot somebody, that they were gonna kill somebody. I thought she was gonna come home and kill me.”

Guinn and Yusco, who visited Hindsley twice per day as her caregiver, admitted to a relative that they shot Hindsley and were taken into custody in Oak Hill, according to police.

“(Yusco) had been taking care of our victim for about four months and she visited her twice a day,” Glazier said. “So, she was very familiar with the condos and familiar with the victim.”

2 arrested after 89-year-old woman shot, killed in her Ponce Inlet condo, police say

The vehicle driven by the suspects and the gun believed to be used in the crime were recovered, Glazier said.

“Our victim was very well cared for, she was loved by her family, and her family lives nearby and checked on her daily so it isn’t a case of neglect at all. This is a case of having the wrong caregiver,” Glazier said.

Guinn and Yusco face first-degree premeditated murder and armed burglary charges, but details about the motive in the shooting have not been released. They are currently being held in the Volusia County jail without bond.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Ponce Inlet Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the state attorney’s office. This is Ponce Inlet’s first murder investigation since the mid-90s.

Hindsley’s family issued a statement through their New Smyrna Beach lawyer on Friday:

“The family is in shock at the loss of loss of Margaret “Darlene” Hindsley. Darlene lived independently, with family living close by. She was receiving limited supplemental care for a few hours during the daytime, as she was recovering from surgery.

The family wishes to express their deep love and care for their mother and grandmother, and to condemn her senseless loss of life. She was the happiest and kindest person you could meet. An independent woman full of life, family, and conversation.

While the family is just starting to comprehend her tragic loss, they ask that everyone respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time. The family thanks the Ponce Inlet Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department, and the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office for their efforts in the ongoing investigation.”


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