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July 14th, 2009
07:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Arrests in Murder of Fla. Couple

Byrd and Melanie Billings did not have any children together, but they cared for 13 adopted children over the years.

Byrd and Melanie Billings did not have any children together, but they cared for 13 adopted children over the years.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight seven suspects ranging in age from 16 to 56 are behind bars in connection with the shooting deaths of a wealthy Florida couple known for adopting special-needs children. There will be at least one more arrest.  Investigators say they're looking for another suspect.

The men are accused of killing Byrd and Melanie Billings last Thursday in what authorities call a "methodical and chilling" home invasion. The details that are emerging are stunning. The crime was caught on the family's video surveillance system. It shows that some of the masked intruders entered in the front door of the spacious home west of Pensacola, while others slipped through the back door. Police say the suspects stole a safe and other items and then killed Mr. & Mrs. Billings with nine of their adopted children in the home. No one else was hurt. The suspects were in and out of the home in less than 10 minutes.

Tonight we'll look at who the suspects are and their possible motive for the killings. We also have an up close look at the Billings. "Our Mom and Dad only had love in their lives. Since the day they met 19 years ago they knew they were soulmates," said one of their daughters. They were soulmates who adopted 13 children, several with developmental disabilities and others from abused home and drug-addicted parents.

We also have more of Anderson's exclusive interview with Pres. Obama as they tour Ghana's Cape Coast slave castle.  The president talks his African heritage and faces a "lightening round" of questions from Anderson. You hear about Pres. Obama's strangest experience on his overseas trip. He also shares what it was like when the first family got to meet the Pope.

And, we have the latest on the potential custody battle over Michael Jackson's children. Will Katherine Jackson be able to broker a deal with Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of Jackson's two oldest children? And, there's word tonight that Jackson's dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein got a visit today. We'll tell you who showed up at his door step.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. J Everett IA

    I feel sorry for the kids. I wish the best for them.

    July 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  2. theresa

    i cannot understand why a couple as nurturing and god loving as this would be targeted for murder.to take in so many children and love them as their own. it does not make any sense at all!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Sounds like a good show tonight especially on the murdered couple story and Anderson's interview with Obama. Last night's show was great and this one sounds like its going to be as good.

    July 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm |