July 15th, 2009
11:18 PM ET

Eighth person arrested in Florida couple's shooting deaths

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/07/15/florida.couple.slain/art.long.cnn.jpg" caption="Pamela Long, also known as Pamela Wiggins and by other names, is a 'person of interest' in the Florida case."]


Authorities are charging an eighth person in connection with the slaying of a couple who adopted special-needs children, an official said Wednesday night.

1 of 2 Pamela Long Wiggins will be charged with accessory after the fact of felony murder, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.

Morgan did not provide further identification on Wiggins and did not say how she is related to the shooting deaths of Byrd and Melanie Billings last week.

Wiggins - whom Morgan had previously identified as Pamela Laverne Long - was located earlier Wednesday in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Morgan said Wiggins had rented property to Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr., one of the suspects, but also described her as a "family friend" to Gonzalez.

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