Escambia County


July 19, 2009


Sources close to suspects and persons of interests in the Billings murders allege that Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. was paid to kill Byrd and Melanie Billings. They claim that the investigators have been told this and that the contract price was between $20,000-$50,000 and whatever Gonzalez and his accomplices could remove from the Billings residence.

Because of concerns over possible reprisals, my sources have asked to stay anonymous.

These sources also allege that Gonzalez and his team had been planning the hit for several months and much of the planning was done in the home of Pamela Wiggins, who has been charged with accessory after the fact. Wiggins has been released after posting a $10,000 bond.

According to my sources, there was an earlier attempt to invade the Billings home that was done after dark–which may have only been a “dry run.” However Gonzalez and his accomplices were frightened off by the outdoor lighting that was attached to motion sensors. The outdoor lights turned on when the vehicle went on the property and the would-be home invaders drove off. Allegedly Pamela Wiggins was parked on the street down from the Billings residence to watch this attempt.

The failed after-dark attempt explains why Gonzalez and crew invaded the Billings residence at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 before sunset.

The motive for the hit on Byrd and Melanie Billings appears to be connected to Byrd Billings’ financing of used car lots in the area, according to my sources.

I have been unable to reach the State Attorney to discuss this report. I did speak with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and they will not confirm or deny this information.

Copyright © 2009 Rick Outzen

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    My theory is that (possibly) the killers thought the many children were foster, in which case the Billings would be taking in thousands of dollars a month, plus much more because of the special needs. (In fact I think they were adopted, which gives them no special income, only expenses.) Combine that with knowledge of a safe, and that could be a motive?

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  • gr8news August 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Rick, PLEASE talk with Cindy she was reaching out to you!

  • Anonymous August 19, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Why was Cindy’s post removed (previously post #19?)

    • Rick Outzen August 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      I pulled the post from Cindy until I have an opportunity to check it out further. Remember there are a few media outlets that read these comments, too.

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