Wayne Coldiron and Leonard Gonzalez Arrested: Byrd and Melanie Billings Murder Suspects Charged. Coldiron and Gonzaez have been arrested and charged in the murder of the Billings. The murder caught national attention when the wealthy Florida couple who have been known for adopting children with developmental disabilities. Read about it, see the mugshots and a video below.
The murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings made national news. The Florida couple were murdered in their sleep during an apparent home invasion. The couple were well known for adopting children with developmental disabilities. Twelve of their 16 children were adopted. Byrd Billings was 66-years-old and Melanie Billings was 43-years-old.
The Billings’ had a sophisticated surveillance system that taped three men, who appeared to be professionals, quickly entering their home on the night of the murder. The three masked men left in a red Dodge van. It appears that the motive was robbery. However, police have suggested that the case is complex and there may be more than one motive.
Byrd and Melanie Billings were murdered in their bedroom. Byrd Billings was shot in the head. The eight children in the home at the time were not physically injured and are now staying with relatives. Three suspects have been arrested and charged and more arrests are expected. Lonard Gonzalez, Sr., 56-years-old, Leonard Gonzalez, Jr., 35-years-old and Wayne Coldiron, 41-years-old, are currently in the custody of Santa Rosa County, Florida.
The elder Gonzalez was arrested after he attempted to alter the appearance of the van after its description was released. According to reports, he states he drove the perpetrators to the Billings home for a robbery and was not aware of the murder at the time. He named his son and Coldiron and claimed to be unable to give the names of other’s involved in the home invasion.Coldiron turned himself in and police apprehended Gonzalez, Jr. on Sunday.
With Wayne Coldiron and Leonard Gonzalez arrested there are still many unanswered questions in the murder of the Florida couple. All the same, it is good that some of the Byrd and Melanie Billings murder suspects have been charged in the case.
See the pictures and video of the Byrd and Melanie Billings murder suspects below.
Byrd and Melanie Billings Murder Suspects Charged – Video