Florida Seeks Death Penalty in Billings Family Murders

By Joel Zand on October 12, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Florida is seeking death penalties against four suspects in the Billings family murders:


According to Florida State's attorney William 'Bill' Eddins, the death penalty will be sought against the following four (out of the original seven) suspects: Leonard Gonzalez, Jr., Wayne Thomas Caldiron, Donald Ray Stallworth, and Patrick Lee Thornton.

They were arrested and charged this summer with murdering Byrd and Melanie Billings, the Florida couple who adopted a number of special needs children, some of whom were reportedly inside the house when the couple was slain.

You can read Florida's death penalty notice for the Billings family murder suspects here:



You can read Florida's indictment and the detailed allegations in the criminal complaints for more of the suspects arrested on FindLaw here:


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