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Execution sought in couple's deaths

October 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty for four of eight people charged in the killings of a Panhandle couple known for adopting children with autism, Down syndrome and other special needs.

All four have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, along with two other men and a 16-year-old boy. A woman has pleaded not guilty to accessory to first-degree murder.

The men are accused of shooting and killing Byrd and Melanie Billings in a brutal July home invasion at their sprawling home west of Pensacola.

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