Suspects questioned in killings of Florida Panhandle couple who Adopted 12 Children

July 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Detectives are questioning two people in connection with the killing of wealthy couple known for adopting children with developmental disabilities, many born to drug-addicted mothers.

Extensive surveillance cameras in the home showed a van at the home of Byrd and Melanie Billings in Beulah, a rural area west of Pensacola near the Alabama border, which carried three men who are suspects in the deaths of a Florida Panhandle couple who were shot in their rural home while eight of their 16 children slept.

“Interviews with associated neighbors, friends and family” led to a relative of the van’s owner and another person, who were being questioned Saturday evening, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. Morgan said eight of the children, ranging in age from infant to about 11 years old, were in the home when the couple was killed Thursday evening but were unharmed.

A woman who lives in an outlying building and helps care for the children called emergency dispatchers from the home.

The sheriff said he would not comment on whether anything was taken from the family’s home. He said the three suspects being sought in the crime are in their “late teens on up” in age.

“I will share this with you — I think we were surprised by the rapidity of the crime,” Morgan said.

“It suggests experience to me,” the sheriff added, “the rapidity of this crime — in and out” of the couple’s home.

He said officials “have yet to determine a reason for, specifically why the Billings were targeted.”  But interjecting it sure sounds like robbery might be the motive to me.

No arrests have been made yet, and a third person sought for questioning had not been found, Morgan said.

The Billings  who married 18 years ago, had 16 children, 12 of them adopted.

CNN


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3 Responses to “Suspects questioned in killings of Florida Panhandle couple who Adopted 12 Children”

  1. Suspects questioned in killings of Florida Panhandle couple who Adopted 12 Children - Chattahbox.com : My Mash Web on July 12th, 2009 10:23 am

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  2. Real Estate on July 27th, 2009 11:50 pm

    interview was very nice after reading i think that murder of such a person who adopted 12 children is very bad thought because murderers has not made that 12 adopted children orphan but that 4 more children orphan, which is a very bad thing.
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