Gary Lamont Sumner, Fourth Arrest Made in Double Murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings … 3 Persons of Interest Still Sought by Police


Another Arrest …

A fourth person has been arrested in the murders of the Florida couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings. 30 year old Gary Lamont Sumner has been arrested and faces murder charges in the shooting deaths of the Byrd and Melanie Billings. Police are still looking for three persons of interest, two black males and one white male.

One of the persons of interest’s identity is currently known to investigators and an arrest is expected in the near future, the sheriff’s department said.


Fourth suspect Gary Lamont Sumner Arrested

Sumner was pulled over in a traffic stop in Okaloosa County Sunday and arrested after authorities found he matched a description put out by Escambia authorities.

Police believe six to eight people were involved in the homicides, which occurred in the couple’s home in Beulah, west of Pensacola, near the Alabama state line.

Cops Say Robbery Was ‘Prime Motive’ but Maybe Not Only One

Police believe that the murder of a Florida couple was a ‘military operation’ gone wrong in which the suspects tried but failed to disarm the couple’s elaborate security system – and say that more arrests are expected as early as today.

“We believe that these seven people are tied directly to the deaths of the Billings,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan Morgan said, adding that investigators are also interested in an eighth person in connection to the killings.

Four of the men are in custody after police arrested day laborer Gary Lamont Sumner. Sumner was picked up in a routine traffic stop Monday, and was held after police determined he matched the description of one of the suspects in the killings of Byrd and Melanie Billings in their Beulah, Fla., home July 9, Morgan said Monday night.

Another Person Charged With Billings Murder

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has arrested another person and charged him with an open count of murder. Four of seven suspects are now in custody, according to the ECSO in the murder of the Billings couple in Beulah.

Posted July 14, 2009 by
Arrest, Bizarre, Crime, Murder | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Gary Lamont Sumner, Fourth Arrest Made in Double Murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings … 3 Persons of Interest Still Sought by Police”

    1. Scared Monkeys on July 14th, 2009 8:24 am

      Some one needs to congratulate the police on the fine work they are doing on this case.

      Talk about expedient!


    2. Miss-Underestimated on July 14th, 2009 12:32 pm

      Sorry if this offends anyone. I am glad they are caught. I just wished the cops would have sniped them all to smithereens. What was done was to these fine people and their children is a crime against society. I know the devil has a place in hell for all those involved in the murders.

    3. Teresa on July 14th, 2009 2:06 pm

      What could possibly be in their home worth enough to split 7 or eigh ways? There is something that doesn’t sound quite right here.

    4. loca on July 14th, 2009 3:01 pm

      How long does it take for acceptance to the form? I had applied about approximately four day’s ago? Is there a waiting period?

      SM: You have been approved now (klaasend)

    5. PA Mom on July 14th, 2009 4:52 pm

      This is an awful tragedy. My heart goes out to the 17 kids who’ve lost their parents. I hope and pray that they have the resources to stay together. I am number 14 of 17 children. I couldn’t imagine losing my parents and brothers & sisters too.

    6. CJSH on July 14th, 2009 5:55 pm

      i used to work for this guy at 5th dimension. never thought of him to be this kind of person.

    7. Jenna on July 17th, 2009 1:10 am

      I have known Gary for years and never once have I seen a violent bone in his body…he has always given the shirt off his back to anyone…this is such a shock!!! My prayers go out to the family as well as Gary….It just doesnt make sense… With love and my deepest condolences…god bless

    8. Dallas on July 21st, 2009 10:23 pm

      I went to high school with Gary. Saw him at a Navarre Tom Thumb a few years ago, i think he got caught up in the “game” it is really kinda of a waste, he helped me clean up cigarette butts at a big party back after graduation. I think he just was hangin round the wrong crowd, he knows he really screwed up. I can tell in the look of his pic…

    9. Q on December 29th, 2009 12:05 am

      Gary is NOT a murderer… My prayer are w/ him and those suffered in this fucked situation.

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