[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/07/15/florida.couple.slain/art.family.pnj.jpg caption="Byrd and Melanie Billings did not have any children together, but they cared for 16 children over the years."]
Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr. challenged the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the Byrd and Melanie Billings slayings saying the confession that led to his arrest was made by a man with mental illness.
“With the exception of the statements that have been made, coerced, bullied or manipulated out of a mentally ill person, there is no hard evidence that links me to the scene of the crimes that occurred July 9,” Gonzalez Jr. said.
Gonzalez Jr. made the apparent reference to his father, Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Sr. who confessed to driving his son and a friend to the Billingses’ rural Beulah home. The family patriarch is charged with tampering with evidence for trying to alter the van’s appearance, according to arrest records.
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