Billings Murderer On Death Row

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld both the convictions and sentences for one of the men who killed a Pensacola-area couple back in 2009.

The justices unanimously found today that the convictions of 40 year old Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. were supported by competent, substantial evidence, and rejected his appeal.

Gonzalez was part of a group of people who broke into the Escambia County home of Byrd and Melanie Billings on July 9, 2009.

They believed the couple had a large amount of cash in the house and planned to rob them.

But during the robbery they shot and killed the Billings.

In 2011, a jury found Gonzalez guilty of two counts of first degree murder and one count of armed home invasion robbery.

The judge followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced Gonzalez to death row for both murders.


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