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The Billings murders occured five years ago today

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

At dusk on a hot humid night five years ago, a beat-up red van drove onto the front yard of the large two-story, ranch-style house owned by Byrd “Bud” and Melanie Billings on a secluded tract of land in Beulah. When the van pulled away ten minutes later, the couple was dead and nine special [...]

Mexican mafia along Gulf Coast

Mexican mafia along Gulf Coast

BBC News reported over the weekend that a suspected senior member of one of Mexico's major drugs cartels, Carlos Beltran Leyva, was arrested in Culiacan, Mexico. Leyva of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, is the brother of Arturo Beltran Leyva who was killed two weeks ago in a shoot-out with troops. [...]

Billings case: Friday, July 17

Billings case: Friday, July 17

BODIES ARE LAID TO REST Friday, July 17 Before the funeral of Bud and Melanie Billings, attorney Crystal Spencer and the family hold a press conference outside the Liberty Church. Spencer tells the reporters, “As a result of the intense speculation regarding the motive of the crime, I have [...]

Billings case: Thursday, July 16

Billings case: Thursday, July 16

MEDIA MINEFIELD Thursday, July 16 It has been a week since Bud and Melanie Billings were killed. The seven men who the authorities believe are responsible and one female accomplice have been arrested. The media wants to know why, what was the safe taken from the home and why are the FBI and DEA [...]

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15 part 2

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15 part 2

MAKING MONEY Wednesday, July 15 Jean Duncan and her boyfriend Glenn Burnett come around 6 p.m. to the ECSO to proved statement to Investigator Tama Barber., who interviews them separately. Duncan tells Barber that she had known Pamela Wiggins (who she calls Pam Long) for about eight years [...]

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15

Search for Pamela Long Wiggins Wednesday, July 15 The Sarasota Herald Tribune opens the day with an article on Patrick Gonzalez cyberstalking in his ex-wife and in-laws, “Suspect in slaying of Pensacola couple haunted Sarasota family.” Gonzalez had met Katie Herkel when she was a student [...]

Billings case: Monday, July 13 part 2

Billings case: Monday, July 13 part 2

OKALOOSA GANG OF FOUR Monday, July 13 At around 2 p.m. Okaloosa Investigator Jeremy Peaden surveys Gary Sumner’s business, 5th Dimension at the 8 and 9 Duval St. in Fort Walton Beach. The area consists of a warehouse with two units inside. He describes it as a “local vehicle customization [...]

Billings case: Monday, July 13

Billings case: Monday, July 13

NINJAS ON VIDEO Monday, July 13 The national media onslaught is in full swing. The ECSO parking lot is filled with media vans. Sheriff Morgan’s day begins with interviews on Good Morning America, CBS Early Show and Today Show. At 5 a.m. Morgan tells GMA that the robbery “was carried out [...]

Billings case: Sunday, July 12 part 3

Okaloosa Traffic Stop Sunday, July 12 As the press conference is ending, Okaloosa County deputies stop a 2004 Cadillac Escalade bearing Florida tag G76-9KJ and distinct Fifth Dimension emblems on both the rear windows at the intersection of McGriff Street and Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, [...]

Billings case: Sunday, July 12 part 2

Billings case: Sunday, July 12 part 2

CONTRACT HIT Sunday, July 12 Shortly after 7 p.m., a warrant for Wayne Coldiron is issued charging him with murder. Investigator James O’Hara, along with several other investigators and patrol units, go to 210 Yokum Court in Brent area to pick up Coldiron. The units secure the perimeter. [...]

Billings case: Sunday, July 12

Billings case: Sunday, July 12

HUMDINGER Sunday, July 12 At noon, Sgt. Hoard interviews Leonard Gonzalez again. The evidence was stacking up against him. The Investigators knew that he had bought two cans of red spray paint the day after the homicides. They found paint chips on the ground where the van’s appearance had [...]

Billings case: Saturday, July 11 part 3

Billings case: Saturday, July 11 part 3

CAB AND THE MEXICAN MAFIA Saturday, July 11 On Saturday while the other investigators are searching for the Dodge van, Tom Watts and Bobby Guy contact Henry Cabell “Cab” Tice, age 61, at 4337 Highway 90, Pace, Florida, the location of Bobby English Auto Sales. Tice says Bud Billings was [...]

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