Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Florida Wants Death Penalty for Billings Suspects

Prosecutors in Pensacola announced they will seek the death penalty for four men accused of the murders of a Florida couple known for adopting children with special needs. Two others accused in the killings and a woman charged as an accessory will not face the death penalty.

Byrd and Melanie Billings were killed in their bedroom on July 9.

Facing the death penalty are Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr., 35, the alleged ring leader (pictured above); Donnie Ray Stallworth, 28; Wayne Thomas Coldiron, 41; and Frederick Lee Thornton Jr., 19.

All defendants have entered not guilty pleas, including Gary Lamont Sumner Jr., 30 and Rakeem Florence, 16. Pamela Laverne Long Wiggins has been charged as an accessory to the crime.

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