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    Murder of Florida Couple Could've Been a Contract Hit

    Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation, and who requested anonymity fearing possible reprisals, told the Web site Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr. informed authorities he was paid to kill Byrd and Melanie Billings.
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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534270,00.html

    This story references a story on The Daily Beast which was written by Rick Outzen of the same Rick's Blog that was posted here on July 19th:
    http://ricksblog.biz/?p=6883

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    Pensacola News Journal's special section on the Billings murders - contains all news stories, pics. and docs.

    http://pnj.com/section/special

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    Gonzalez Jr. The "Sole Shooter" in the Billing's Murder


    http://www.wkrg.com/crime/article/go...-2009_2-01-pm/

    "Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirms Fredrick Thornton and several other suspects told investigators that Leonard Gonzalez Jr was the sole shooter...."

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    An alternative to the PNJ mainly covering the rural area North of pensacola.

    http://www.northescambia.com/

    Lots of good, reliable information here.

    http://ricksblog.biz/

    Pensacolas' local News. WEAR TV 3. ABC affiliate

    http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_s...vid_2867.shtml

    PNJ Has put up a special section. The Billings Case: Special coverage
    They've put pretty much everything in one section.

    http://pnj.com/section/special
    Last edited by RiverPirate; 07-22-2009 at 01:26 PM.

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    Father speaks out claiming that his 16-year-old son is a victim too

    PNJ - My child is a Victim: Teen suspect's father says his son not an evil person. Read more here . . .
    http://www.pnj.com/article/20090722/NEWS01/907220337

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    Gonzalez the Only Shooter - One of the victims was shot after hands were bound . . .

    Article from PNJ - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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    Suspects: Gonalez the Only Shooter

    Leonard Gonzalez Jr. pulled the trigger of the 9 mm pistol that killed Byrd and Melanie Billings, search warrant affidavits claim.

    Wayne Coldiron and Frederick Thornton Jr., both charged with open counts of murder and a count of home invasion, told investigators that they saw Gonzalez Jr. kill the couple, according to search warrants filed in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

    One of the Billingses was shot to death after their hands were bound by plastic zip ties, but the court documents didn't specify which.
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    http://www.pnj.com/article/20090722/NEWS01/907220336
    Last edited by nomoresorrow; 07-22-2009 at 11:48 AM. Reason: Fixed link error!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomoresorrow View Post
    Article from PNJ - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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    Suspects: Gonalez the Only Shooter

    Leonard Gonzalez Jr. pulled the trigger of the 9 mm pistol that killed Byrd and Melanie Billings, search warrant affidavits claim.

    Wayne Coldiron and Frederick Thornton Jr., both charged with open counts of murder and a count of home invasion, told investigators that they saw Gonzalez Jr. kill the couple, according to search warrants filed in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

    One of the Billingses was shot to death after their hands were bound by plastic zip ties, but the court documents didn't specify which.
    (End Quote)

    Read more here . . .
    http://www.pnj.com/article/20090722/...907220336/1051
    The above link doesn't work anymore - here's the correct one.

    http://www.pnj.com/article/20090722/NEWS01/907220336

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    Good Morning America VIDEO 07.21.2009


    Billings Daughter Takes Custody of Kids

    http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8134192

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    ESCAMBIA COUNTY - During a news conference by the Billings family attorney Wednesday... Many questions came up about Byrd Billings' background.

    Byrd and his wife Melanie were gunned down inside their home two weeks ago.

    One of the family's businesses, Worldco Financial, was the subject of two state investigations years ago.

    Channel Three's Grace White joins us with the details.

    Both the cases are closed and Billings family attorney Crystal Spencer says all the issues were resolved.

    But the state did order the Billings to refund thousands of dollars to their customers.
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    http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_s...vid_2895.shtml
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    Spencer: Billings children 'doing fine'

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A slain Florida couple made a small donation to a martial arts program run by one of the men accused of killing them, a family attorney said Wednesday.

    Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot to death earlier this month during a break-in at their home west of Pensacola. The couple was known for adopting 13 children with special needs.

    One of the suspects in the slaying, Leonard Gonzalez Jr., told investigators he had opened a martial arts studio with financial help from the victims, according to court records released this week.

    But family attorney Crystal Spencer told reporters Wednesday that the aid was just a small donation by Byrd, probably less than $1,000, to a self-defense program Gonzalez ran.
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    http://www.pnj.com/article/20090722/NEWS01/90722014

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    Stallworth, Sumner had local ties
    Written by Christine O'Connor
    Wednesday, 22 July 2009

    For weeks now, the media has swarmed Pensacola and the town of Beulah, trying to wrap its head around the slayings of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

    The couple, most known for adopting special needs children, was brutally gunned down in a home invasion July 9 around 7 p.m.

    Conflicting reports of possible ties between Byrd and Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr., 35, are emerging. According to one published report, the murders may have been a contract hit worth nearly $30,000. The hit was the result of a loan issued by Byrd to Gonzalez Jr., to open a self defense school.

    However, Crystal Spencer, attorney for the Billings’ children, has stressed that no relationship prior to the murders existed between the two..
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    http://www.navarrepress.com/200907221555/splash-articles/splash-art/billings-murder-|-navarrepresscom.html
    Last edited by JBean; 07-31-2009 at 11:15 PM. Reason: remove text

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    Two more arrested in double murder case
    BY PAM BRANNON Gulf Breeze News news@gulfbreezenews.com

    Donald Stallworth, 28, is sitting in an Escambia County, Alabama jail fighting extradition back to Florida. He will be there for at least the next 24 days, charged with two open counts of murder in the home invasion and double murder July 9 at 7:30 p.m. of Byrd and Melanie Billings of Beulah. A hearing was held in circuit court in Alabama Monday, and probable cause was shown to have him charged as the eighth suspect involved in the case.

    Stallworth is a staff sergeant in the Air Force, stationed at Hurlburt Field as part of the Special Operations Maintenance Squadron.

    The Escambia County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that they expect a ninth and possibly a 10th arrest to be made in the case later this week. Investigators said Monday they are still trying to figure out who may have been tasked with turning off the home security system that did not get turned off when the home invasion was underway. According to official law enforcement reports, the robbery suspects thought the security system had been disabled. That security system and surveillance cameras led police to the suspects.

    By press time, the Escambia Sheriff Office is still saying robbery was the "main motive" in the home invasion.
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    http://www.gulfbreezenews.com/news/2..._page/003.html

    ETA: GB News is a weekly newspaper
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    Here's an explanation on why Billings had the kids names copyrighted.

    From NorthEscambia.com

    The Bizarre Billings Multi-Million Dollar Copyright Story

    July 23, 2009

    Byrd Billings had a plan — copyright the names of his children and charge anyone, including the government, millions each time they used one of the names.


    Wednesday, Billings family attorney Crystal Spencer said she did not believe that Billings’ copyright claims were an attempt to get money, but rather an attempt to protect the privacy of his children.

    “I think that he was given some incorrect advice,” Spencer said of Billings’ reasons for filing the court papers.

    “I would not call them bizarre,” she said of his filings. “I would call them different…It was to protect the privacy of the children.”


    http://www.northescambia.com/?p=9696
    Last edited by JBean; 07-31-2009 at 11:16 PM. Reason: remove text

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    Double Homicide Rocks Community
    by Rick Outzen
    Behind the scenes of the Billings murder case

    On the early evening of Thursday, July 9, seven men invaded the Beulah home of Byrd and Melanie Billings. Three men entered from the front door, two from a utility room door on the north side of the home. Within four minutes, the husband and wife were dead from multiple gunshot wounds. The intruders took a medium-sized safe and left quickly. They had been on the property less than 10 minutes, according to police reports.

    In the Billings home were nine children, many with special needs. Three of the children actually saw the intruders, who were all dressed in ninja grab. After the men left, one ran to a neighbor's house and the Escambia County's Sheriff's Office was called to the scene.

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    http://inweekly.net/article.asp?artID=10439
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