The Mansion Murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings
The Incredible Growing List of Suspects
How many people does it take to pull off a heist and murder of the parents of a family in the double-digits? A lot, it turned out.
Four of the suspectsSumner, Thornton, Stallworth, and the teenagerwere from a nearby county. It turned out that they had met through an auto detailing group. Others had met through a pressure-washing business. Most of the suspects were "day laborers." Stallworth, though, appeared to have no real connection to the others. He had been in the Air Force Special Operations Command in Fort Walton Beach.
They were a hastily organized group, teased along by the prospect of easy money.
They were no angels, either. Coldiron had served two years in Tennessee for killing a man during a brawl according to the Associated Press. And police believe that two of the suspects, Stallworth and Sumner, may have been involved in a string of robberies in 2005, one of which ended in a murder. WKRG News reported that "the home invasion robberies appeared to target drug dealers who held large amounts of cash."