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.
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.
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.