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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.
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:
Pensacola News Journal's special section on the Billings murders - contains all news stories, pics. and docs.
Gonzalez Jr. The "Sole Shooter" in the Billing's Murder
"Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirms Fredrick Thornton and several other suspects told investigators that Leonard Gonzalez Jr was the sole shooter...."
An alternative to the PNJ mainly covering the rural area North of pensacola.
Lots of good, reliable information here.
Pensacolas' local News. WEAR TV 3. ABC affiliate
PNJ Has put up a special section. The Billings Case: Special coverage
They've put pretty much everything in one section.
PNJ - My child is a Victim: Teen suspect's father says his son not an evil person. Read more here . . .
Article from PNJ - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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.
The above link doesn't work anymore - here's the correct one.
Billings Daughter Takes Custody of Kids
ETA: GB News is a weekly newspaper
Here's an explanation on why Billings had the kids names copyrighted.
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.”
Murder suspect loses military pay
BEULAH, Fla. - Sergeant Donnie Stallworth is still a member of the Untied States Air Force. However, he is not receiving a paycheck as he sits behind bars at the Escambia County, Alabama jail.
"When members are taken into confinement, they are no longer entitled to pay and allowances," said Staff Sergeant Mareshah Haynes.
Stallworth graduated from T.R. Miller High School in 1999. He's been active duty since 2000.
Military representatives say an airmen with his rank and experience makes $2,670 a month.
But when Stallworth was arrested more than two weeks ago in connection with the Billings murder, those payments stopped. If Stallworth is convicted, his time in the Air force will officially come to an end.
July 25: Dispite what the Sheriff's Office Spokesperson is telling us that the investigation is over and no more arrests are expected, Sheriff Morgan is stilll interviewing POI's and says "he still believes there is a suspect that was tasked with disabling the security system at the Billings’ home in Beulah, and he expects more arrests to come in the case."
EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Of The Billings Case With Sheriff David Morgan
July 27, 2009
It was a chance meeting in the lobby of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department on July 10, the day after the murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings, that Sheriff David Morgan won’t forgot.
He does not use the lobby of the building often; on that day he just happened to be there when Ashley Markham, the Billings’ daughter, was being led inside to talk to investigators.
NorthEscambia.com sat down with Sheriff David Morgan Friday afternoon at his office for an exclusive interview to learn more about what the days since the Billings murders have been like for him personally.
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