One, Two, Now Three Arrests Made in the Murders of Florida Couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings


More Arrests Made …

There have been three arrests made in the double murders of the Florida couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings, who where killed in their home last Thursday.


 Leonard Gonzalez Sr.

First, 56 year old Leonard Gonzalez Senior was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with tampering with evidence in a murder investigation. Leonard Gonzalez Sr. is accused of trying to paint over and hide damage on a red van caught on the Billings’ surveillance video.

The Escambia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed that there have been two more arrests. 41 year old Wayne Coldiron and Gozalez’s son, Leonard Gonzalez Junior have been arrested in connection with the Billings’ double homicide. They have been charged with murder.

The two newly arrested suspects mug shots can be seen below.


Pic Hat Tip: Right Juris

“We have no information that would lead us to believe that Mr. Coldiron had any previous contact with the Billings family,” says Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

According to Coldiron’s arrest report, Gonzalez Senior claimed to be the getaway driver when his son, Coldiron and several other unknown men road to the billings home in the now infamous red van. The report says Gonzalez Senior saw his son, Coldiron and the others enter the Billings home to commit a robbery but he didn’t know who fired shots killing Byrd and Melanie Billings.

3 arrested in slaying of Florida couple; 2 charged with murder

UPDATE I: Fourth Arrest Made in Murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings

Four people have been arrested for killing a Florida couple who has opened their large, rural home to children with disabilities.

Four suspects are in custody but a sheriff in Escambia County, in the Panhandle, says as many as eight people have been involved. Robbery is said to be among “numerous motives.”

 UPDATE II: As Many as Eight People May Have Been Involved in Crime

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “One, Two, Now Three Arrests Made in the Murders of Florida Couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings”

    1. mary brown on July 13th, 2009 8:13 am

      It is such a sad world,people are not safe any place.A mother and father,a couple on honeymoon and a women at work.Let us pray for one and other.

    2. St Stephen on July 13th, 2009 11:39 am

      One can only pray that they feel the full weight of the boot of justice on their faces.

      It appears that the children will be provided for with the same care the parents rendered them. This is, indeed a beautiful family and a strong foundation of love that exists within that family.

    3. 11B40 on July 13th, 2009 12:29 pm


      The guy in the picture looks like he could use “a wise Latina judge”.

    4. Kommander-in-Thief on July 13th, 2009 2:13 pm

      Yup, a wise latina judge will soon have the backing to release Gonzalez sr and jr and throw the book at the other alleged assailant.

      Frontier justice, revised!

    5. St Stephen on July 13th, 2009 2:14 pm

      # 3 11B40

      While awaiting intelligent responses from the posters of Scared Monkeys,

      …your qrm(and any subsequent prattle and gibberish) shall be duly ignored…

    6. Memory Keeper on July 13th, 2009 3:36 pm

      God welcomed home this couple together; the same way they served him. This heinous crime reminds us how quickly our life’s plans can change because a lazy socially unacceptable criminal chooses to steal rather than work.
      The richness this couple experienced and shared could not be stolen. It could only be achieved through hard work and love. The criminals who did this horrible crime will never understand the depth of destruction their choice brought to this family and the community they served. My prayers are with the family. The people who perpetrated this crime should serve hard time for life without any privileges.

    7. BUN on July 13th, 2009 4:45 pm

      The guy with the “EARS” should be the first one to have balls ripped off..Driving the get-a-way car is certainly as bad as the actual ones with guns!

    8. Uintah4 on July 13th, 2009 7:34 pm

      I realize both goodness and evil crop up everywhere. But I really want to know how a little Southern community created evil on such a scale as the 8 who planned or enabled this murder of people who were doing such good in their world. How do such monsters develop? And how do other communities recognize and stem such evil?

    9. code3assist on July 14th, 2009 4:33 pm

      Although my initial response is one of angry, we must realize that we are all sinful people and these just happen to be the worse of the worse. We have created a society of little gods, running around thinking the world is theirs. Well, it is not, we the good, hard working people of this country need to take it back from these cowards. Stand up, fight back and take back are country from these men childs. Focus on our children and dont let be raised by the state, as I am sure these losers where. My they RIP soon.

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