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Posts Tagged ‘Billings murders’

On TLC Tonight

I will be on TLC tonight for a show about the Billings murders - 9 pm Central; 10 pm Eastern. Home Invasion Murders: The Billings and The Petits TV-PG (SV), CC It's every family's worst nightmare: the home you once considered safe and secure is the site of a terrible crime. The Petit family [...]

Billings case: Tuesday, July 14

Billings case: Tuesday, July 14

“We Have Found Them” Tuesday, July 14 Sheriff Morgan creates a new stir on Tuesday morning about the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency. It begins during a live interview with Meredith Vieira of the “Today Show.” When asked whether robbery [...]

Billings recap: Friday, July 10

Billings recap: Friday, July 10

IT HASN’T SUNKEN IN Friday, July 10 The Pensacola News Journal reports on its front page that “a Beulah couple who adopted 12 children and owned several local businesses were found shot to death in an apparent home invasion Thursday evening.” In December 2005, the daily newspaper had [...]

Billings recap: Later Thursday, July 9

Billings recap: Later Thursday, July 9

FAMILY FEUDS Investigator Terry Hardy arrives on the crime scene at 9:05 p.m. Sgt. Rusty Hoard has been named the lead on the case. Hardy, Tyree and Guy are to assist him. After being updated by Hoard, Hardy is asked to interview April Spencer, who lives in a trailer on the Billings [...]

Billings case recap: Early Thursday Evening, July 9

Billings case recap: Early Thursday Evening, July 9

I've been reviewing the various reports on the home invasion and murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings and have put together a narrative of the first eights days of the case, including the events of that tragic night and the subsequent arrests. The narrative is divided into days and in few instances [...]

Thoughts on Mexican Mafia

Today the daily newspaper published the interview with Silvano Gonzalez, that we posted on this blog on Monday. Based on that interview, the paper reports "Mafia theory falls flat in Billings murder case." I don't know if the Mexican Mafia is involved in the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings. [...]

Tice creditor claims Mexican mafia a hoax

The State Attorney's Office released today more documents and DVDs of the interviews with suspects, persons of interest and witnesses - 36 CDs and DVDs. Among the documents is an interview with Silvano Gonzalez, the former Hispanic-American Auto Sales employee who Cab Tice said gave him $20,000 [...]

Billings update: Four face death penalty

Alleged leader Patrick Gonzalez Jr, Donnie Ray Stallworth, Wayne Thomas Coldiron and Frederick Lee Thornton Jr. face the death penalty in the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings. All four entered the Billings house on the evening of July 9. Suspects have fingered Gonzalez as the one who shot and [...]

And the crime scene photos

And the crime scene photos

The reporters today also viewed 2076 crime scene photos that were not only of the murder scene, but also of the home of Leonard “Lenny” Gonzalez, the vehicles used and the Wiggins’ backyard where the safe was buried under debris. The photos filled two volumes. Many were repetitive. The [...]

Billings 911 Calls

billings redacted 911 call 1 Second call: Listen

Toned down PNJ article in USA Today

The table talk around town yesterday was the daily newspaper's Sunday cover story on the Billings' case in which the paper called those arrested a gang of fools and mocked Sheriff David Morgan for calling the case a "humdinger." The News Journal's take on the 1000 pages of documents released by [...]

Billings’ camera system

Billings’ camera system

On Thursday, the media will be allowed to view the video from the surveillance system at the Billings' residence. The State Attorney released more documents yesterday that describe what the cameras captured inside the house. 7:06:11 pm Camera 2 - which covers kitchen and living room - Bud [...]

Daily News reports on FWB connection

The Daily News picked up on the same Fort Walton Beach connection with earlier home invasions in Okaloosa County (Read article) that I reported earlier. The Pensacola News Journal believes the seven men involved in the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings were hastily pulled together and Patrick [...]

Time covers Billings case

Time covers Billings case

Duwayne Escobedo helped with the reporting on this article - Pensacola murders. The blog gets plug at the end.

Another robbery recruit speaks out (updated)

Anthony Joseph Eisa of Gulf Breeze told investigators that Patrick Gonzalez had tried to recruit for the home invasion two and a half months ago. According to the investigator's report, Eisa said that he did travel with Gonzalez to Fort Walton Beach two weeks before the murder. Telephone records [...]

FWB suspects don’t fit – updated

The involvement of four Fort Walton Beach black men with the home invasion and murder of Bud and Melanie Billings doesn't fit with what I am hearing about Leonard "Lenny" and Patrick Gonzalez. My sources have told me that both are racists. In the documents released by the State Attorney, Sue Ann [...]

The Daily Beast: Anatomy of a Massacre

How I write for the blog, the newspaper and The Daily Beast is very different. Each has a a different audience and each is a different twist on the Billings case. The blog is often posting information as quickly as I get it. The paper lets me be more reflective and go into more depth. The Daily [...]

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