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Murder of Candiace Person by Willie Lee Bryant investigated on Atlanta Justice

Mugshot of Willie Lee Bryant
Willie Lee Bryant was found guilty of raping, robbing, and murdering Candiace Person. Pic credit: Georgia Dept. of Corrections

Atlanta Justice returns this week for another case that involves the rape and murder of Candiace Person by her daughter’s former boyfriend, Willie Lee Bryant.

On November 26, 2005, the remains of 53-year-old Candiace were discovered by her daughter, Tisha Person, lying on her bedroom floor in her Atlanta home.

She had died from suffocation, and the extensive bruising on her neck indicated that she’d been violently strangled. Candiace had also been raped, and her credit cards were stolen.

The phone lines to the house had been cut, which indicated a targeted attack and suggested the victim was known or had been stalked by her killer.

DNA evidence pointed to Willie Bryant as the killer

The investigators performed a DNA test on the semen they had recovered from Candiace’s remains. They found it was a probable match to Willie Bryant.

The police learned that Tisha’s boyfriend Bryant regularly visited the home and was even known to have visited when Tisha was not at home.


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