PENSACOLA, Fla. - Update: Deputies have made a third arrest inthe murder of Escambia Co., Fla. couple Byrd and Melanie Billings.They say Wayne Coldiron and Leonard Gonzalez, Jr. are being chargedeach with an open count of murder.
The Billings had 16 children, 12 of whom were adopted.
Eariler Sunday, deputies charged 56-year-old Leonard PatrickGonzalez, Sr. with tampering with evidence. Gonzalez is one ofthree persons of interest questioned by authorities in the murders.Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Gonzalez attempted toconceal damage and paint the red van authorities have linked to themurder scene. He's being held on $250,000 bond. See pictures of thevan here.
While Gonzalez has not been charged with the actual murder,Sheriff Morgan says other charges are likely.
Morgan and State Attorney Bill Eddins said the case isprogressing and is expected to be much bigger and more complex thananyone expected.
Morgan says he expects additional arrests in this case, which hecompared to a Hollywood movie script.
The Billings were murdered inside their Beulah home Thursday.Eight of the couples 16 children were home at the time. Both thehusband and wife were well known throughout the community for theirgenerosity.
Investigators got a big break in the case this weekend when tipsled them to the 15-passenger van believed to be linked to themurders. The van was found behind a shed at Gonzalez's home on PalmCourt.
Police said the Billings had an extensive surveillance systeminside the house that recorded three men moving quickly through thehouse before driving off in the red van.
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