Two men held on open murder charges due in court today - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/13/09

Two men held on open murder charges due in court today

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Two men being held on open murder charges in a wealthy Florida couple's slayings are due in court today.

Arrest warrants say the men went to the couple's house intending to rob it. The couple was known for adopting children with developmental disabilities.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says day laborer Wayne Coldiron turned himself in around 9 p.m. EDT Sunday. He says Leonard P. Gonzalez Jr. was arrested later in Santa Rosa County.

Morgan says Coldiron was friends with 56-year-old Leonard P. Gonzalez Sr., who was charged earlier in the day with evidence tampering.

Authorities say the older Gonzalez tried to paint over and hide damage on a red van spotted on surveillance video leaving the home where Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot to death Thursday while eight of their children slept.

Morgan says more arrests are expected.

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