Seven Suspects Now Arrested in Murders of Florida Couple Byrd and Melanie Billings


More arrests have been made bringing the total to 7 with more possibly to come.

There have now been seven suspects arrested in the double murders of  Byrd and Melanie Billings during the home invasion robbery that obviously went terribly wrong. The suspects, some dressed as ninjas,stole a safe and other items during the break in Thursday.  One of the seven taken into custody was a 16 year old boy.


The suspects ranged in age from 16 to 56, and several were day laborers who knew each other through a pressure washing business and an auto detailer they worked for. One, Donnie Ray Stallworth, was with the Air Force Special Operations Command with an aircraft maintenance squadron at Hurlburt Field near Fort Walton Beach. It wasn’t clear how he knew the others.

The seven suspects names are as follows from Sheriff David Morgan. Morgan told reporters Leonard Gonzalez, Jr. was the “organizer” of the crime. It’s just a matter of time, if they have not already, that the suspects will be looking to point the finger at others and cop a plea deal to save their skin in the double murder.

  • Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr., 35
  • Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Sr., 56
  • Wayne Thomas Coldiron, 41
  • Gary Lamont Sumner, 30
  • Fredrick Lee Thornton, 19
  • Donald Ray Stallworth, 28
  • An unidentified juvenile, 16

7 Suspects Held in Slaying of Fla. Couple


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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Seven Suspects Now Arrested in Murders of Florida Couple Byrd and Melanie Billings”

    1. Max von Feuer on July 15th, 2009 9:10 am

      Death to those scumbags. They killed two angels.

    2. BUN on July 15th, 2009 1:03 pm

      #1 Max von Feuer…I am with you 100 percent. Lets don’t keep them alive in prison with tax money, lets give them the chair or at least the needle!!

    3. karen on July 15th, 2009 3:17 pm

      Why, oh why, couldn’t these scumbags just wait until no one was home…if they only wanted a safe? Then, no one would have been killed and none of the children would now be without such a pair of loving parents. Totally senseless. Sincere thoughts of sympathy to the children this wonderful couple has left behind.

    4. Family on August 28th, 2009 12:28 am

      Freddy (19) and Florence (16) are both considered baby cousins to me and my family. It hurts to see their lives destroyed over such falseness. I love you guys and may God Only judge you… Not people who don’t know you two. … Big cuz… Ps. My heart goes out to the Billing fam… My cousins are innocent

    5. Surveillance Video Captures Moments Before the Murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings in Bulah, FL | Scared Monkeys on August 29th, 2009 11:19 pm

      [...] 56 year old Leonard Gonzalez Sr, Leonard Gonzalez Jr, Wayne Thomas Coldron, Gary Lamont Sumner, Fredrick Lee Thornton, Donald Ray Stallworth, an unidentified 16 year old juvenile, and Pamela [...]

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