‘Escambia County’ Archives
Last November, a man walked into Pen Air/Members First Credit Union in the Live Oak Village Shopping Center, Gulf Breeze. He is described as a white male in a black hood sweatshirt and wearing blue jeans, black or brown shoes, black gloves and carrying a gun. He looks to be in his late 20s to early [...]
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CBS News is reporting that "Florida police have now unequivicably stated they are not investigating the murder of Byrd and Melinda Billings as a contract hit." Further in the report: Sheriff's spokesman Ted Roy said Tuesday that investigators only considered a contract hit as a possibility [...]
Working on three leads on the Billings murders. I hope to post something significant on the case later today. Yesterday was our print day for the newspaper so I had to wear my publisher hat most of the day. The Thursday, July 23 issue has a solid cover story on the Billings case. The phone [...]
WKRG is reporting that Sheriff David Morgan has confirmed Fredrick Thornton and several other suspects told investigators that Leonard Gonzalez Jr was the sole shooter. Read more.
Attorney Crystal Spencer is emphatic that Byrd Billings never loaned any money to his suspected killer, Patrick Gonzalez. "We have gone through all the company records," says Spencer, who represents the Billings family. "We can no record that Gonzalez ever worked for Billings or that any loans [...]
According to the Crystal Spencer, the attorney for the Billings children, there was a business relationship between the Billingses and Henry "Cab" Tice. "I spoke with Ashley (Markham) and this is what we know," Spencer says. "Markham Auto financed the floor plans of Henry Cabell Tice's auto [...]
As I reported on Sunday, the suspects in the Billings murders did visit the couple's home before the home invasion. CNN is now reporting it, too: "Suspects in the slaying of a Florida couple known for adopting special-needs children cased the victims' home about a month before storming the [...]
Updated - 7/23/09 Today the Pensacola News Journal reported that Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. told investigators that Byrd Billings, the man who Gonzalez is accused of killing, had given him money to open a martial arts studio. Read searchwarrant. We have wondered if there were any other possible [...]
In June 1996, Patrick Gonzalez was charged with threatening harm to a public servant, disorderly conduct and battery on a corrections officer. I reviewed the case records on the case and found this letter from Gonzalez (under the name Patrick Poff). There is a cover letter that appears to be in [...]
EXCLUSIVE: BILLINGS MURDERS MAY BE CONTRACT HIT 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 [...]
The PNJ writes about how Bud Billings had trademarked and copyrighted the names of seven of the adopted children. The title of the forms - “Affidavit of Truth in Nature of Supplemental Rules for Administrative and Maritime Claims Rules C (6)” - see 2004311661. I sent a copy to a local [...]
We made a public records of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office of emails that he has received from around the country on the Billings case. Here is a small sampling of the hundreds received (I have redacted the email addresses of the senders): Subject: Sheriff David Morgan Request/Question: I [...]
St. Pete Times does a great job of covering the general facts of the case. When asked about television reports on increased sales of home security systems: "Why?" rails T. Bubba on 1620 AM, the local news radio station. "It didn't help the Billings, did it? Folks, if you want to protect [...]