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July 31st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/31/09

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There are stunning new allegations in the murder of a Florida couple. Were Byrd and Melanie Billings the victims of a murder for hire plot? Plus, the spotlight isn't just on Dr. Conrad Murray in the Jackson death investigation.

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  1. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    @Erica

    Do you want some of our sun? Got plenty! And with your order you can also get some 100 degree weather! 😉

    so happy it is Friday as well!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Nicole S. -- North Carolina

    Good evening, everyone.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. tom

    TGIF We are going to try the cucumber soup this weekend

    July 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Tammy, Houma, LA

    The whole story of Michael Jackson gets more tragic. How can these docs ignore best practices simply because of the fame of a patient? How could they allow him to use the drugs he did knowing the potential consequences?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Sorry to hear it's raining Erica . I hope it's better weather for weekend .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Isabel, Brazil

    This story about Propofol is so ... so surreal to me!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Its so sad,that M.j got this sleepproblems,and no medicin could helped him.
    But sorry i have a problem to understand,you speak again this doctor,but on the other side you asking to legalize marijuana.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone. Friday – YES! Now, if only this blasted rain would let up, we'd really be getting somewhere

    July 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Why can't they just realese the report on MJ .The investigations will take forever to completew it seems .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Jackie Cole

    Enjoy everyones comments, Randi's and Stacey and all. Have listened to the case about the Florida couple and was shocked to hear about the contract murder. Your reporting is both surprising and complete. You can tell your team keeps digging. Enjoy your show.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Sandra T

    We all know what MJ toxicology report is.. There is no delay, just on delay to the media

    July 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Yeah Anderson and Erica It's Friday finally !

    Tragic story on the Billings they were a nice looking family it's so sad .

    July 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi–Happy Friday!
    It's disappointing the autopsy report is delayed once again–though the investigation should be a thorough one.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  14. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.. its friday!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  15. samuel

    You doing a great job and am sure you love your job dearly

    July 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Cessy, Chicago

    it appears to be that the oldest Billings child is young herself, who's going to help her take care of her special needs siblings? this looks like a full-time job.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What is going on that they keep pushing back the toxicology report?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Alanah

    I just can't wrap my head around the reason why anyone would ever want such an appearingly wholesome and loving family killed... that story gets to me

    July 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  19. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, it is sad, that picture of the Billings and their children is busting with so much life happiness and potential.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Hi everyone,

    This whole story about the Billings' murders is strange. What would cause this couple to be targeted for a contracted hit? Makes zero sense.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    I'm still shocked at the amount of aliases Jackson had....19...wow....

    July 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Karin, Ky

    Hate to think MJ had such a bad addiction

    July 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Marianne

    What happened to the show on pill mills in Florida? I thought it was scheduled for tonight.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Hazel, CA

    Good evening, Anderson!

    This is an unbelievably tragic story. Such wonderful people killed, 17 kids orphaned...

    All because of a robbery. Preposterous.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Matthew

    this has a good point

    when the cleaner got the hit from whoever gave to him

    saw a good opportunity to get cash out of this

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Maybe i am "stupid"but i cannot watch the web cam today again,Please can you tell me,do i have tecnic problem,or the problem is on your side?Or did i missed any information? Is there anybody out there to help me?Please!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Lori, IL

    A good Friday evening to all -

    Florida murder case just keeps getting stranger - will be interesting to see what all comes out during the trial...

    Didn't we see a segment on the snake problem in Florida a while ago - seems like there were snakes in the 360 studio! Is the problem getting worse?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I feel for the oldest who is taking care of all of those kids. Its great that she is doing something like that because they are her family but talk about getting alot of kids all at once! I hope she has alot of help

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica. Hi Isabel, everyone. Tough week but good to have a chance to express my thoughts and read everyone else's here on the live blog. Murder for hire a possibility in the Billings case? That's way more serious than robbery gone amiss. I find it hard to believe the Billings were involved in anything illicit, seems like they'd devoted their lives to their adopted children.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Debra (pensacola, fl)

    Is that really true what you said about all of those pythons in Florida. I live in Florida and I hope that is not a true number.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening everyone!

    It takes a sick mind, or minds, to carry out a contract hit. Glad to see Stacey Honowitz on the show. I always enjoy her input on LKL for legal matters.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Isabel, Brazil

    I think that picture of the couple with children so full of life ... irony...

    July 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Karin

    Hello to you also Erica

    July 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Donna Orsborn, Las Vegas, NV

    Hello everyone! The weekend is finally here, oh yeah!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Patty A Banks palmdale, Ca.

    When the the Billings case1st broke, the sheriff was right on when he said it would be a humdinger!!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Cessy, Chicago

    I'm having a hard time understanding why anyone would want to kill these couple... I feel so bad for the children

    July 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    Happy Friday Anderson and all bloggers. The Billings murders keep getting weirder and weirder.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Karin

    Unbelieveable story

    July 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    This story about the Florida couple just keeps getting bigger and bigger

    July 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Debra

    Hi Anderson...Is Erica Hill working with you on tonight?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Isabel, Brazil

    This story is so sad and absurd!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Cessy, Chicago

    Thank God It's FRIDAY! Whooo-hoooo!!!!

    Hi Anderson!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Karin

    Hello Anderson from KY. TGIF

    July 31, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. Happy Friday!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. cheryl

    hi everyone

    July 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Lori

    Happy Friday!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Jacqueline, NY

    Evening all! Happy Friday!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spoklahoma!)

    Hey people's! tis getting hotter and hotter here!

    Hope yer Friday was/is going smoothly!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Isabel, Brazil

    Happy Friday everyone!
    Hello Anderson, 360º team, David (Indiana) and bloggers!!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Again sleepless in Germany,and again a good reason to watch your show.Oh what a week!Thank God its friday,no day longer!

    July 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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