The arrests at noon, CDT are (newest listed first): (Photos and videos as available.) Updates in red text below:
Five of the suspects rushed through three doors at the Mobile Highway home about 7:30 p.m Thursday and made off with a medium-sized safe while at least two other men waited in separate getaway vehicles, law enforcement officials said.
The Billingses were shot multiple times in the bedroom of their two-story, nine-bedroom home. Nine of the couple’s children were home, and three children saw the intruders.Three killers entered the house through two different doors in the front of the home. A sport utility vehicle was also involved along with the red van that has already been reported. Three additional men entered the home through a door on the north side. It is believed that all suspects left the home in the red van. Update 7-16-09 11:19 a.m. CDT: From press conference: The safe has been found and is being processed. Sheriff Morgan says that there are other "people of interest" being investigated that be of substance...or not, to the Billings murders. Mr. and Mrs. Billings, to the "best of" Sheriff Morgan's "knowledge" are not being investigated by the DEA (evidently rumors are swirling about this), although the DEA is involved with someone or some thing connected to the murders. Authorities say that they still believe some one other than those now in custody is being sought in connection with the Billings' security system. State Attorney Eddins says guns have been found and they believe they have the murder weapon(s). The Sheriff believes that additional motives will be found, other than just robbery. Update 7-20-09: Byrd Billings Human Trafficking? Update 7-21-09: A suspect in the Byrd and Melanie Billings murders has reportedly told police that Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. was the sole shooter in the killings. It appears from that report that it may have been 19-year-old Frederick Thornton who gave the police the information, but it is not entirely clear that the report came from Thornton. Thornton told police that after the murders all the suspects met up at the Magnolia Antique Mall, owned by "Pam" (Pamela Wiggins). Thornton said the safe taken from the Billings home was driven in the get-away van to Wiggins' red minivan. Wayne Coldiron, also under arrest for the murders named "Pam" as the driver of a maroon minivan. Frederick Thornton and Gary Sumner, also under arrest, then got into Sumner's blue SUV and drove to Wiggins' antique mall for the meeting. Background and Related: Byrd Billings Human Trafficking? Byrd Billings is Byrd "Bud" Billings: Billings' Businesses Byrd, Melanie Billings Murders: Fourth Arrest Made, New Details Byrd Billings, Melanie Billings Murdered: Billings Parents of 16 Children Byrd Billings, Melanie Billings Murder Arrests: Three Arrests in Billings Murders (video)