Justice Withheld

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As expected, the Florida Supreme Court upheld Patrick’s conviction for the Billings Murders.  The articles claim, “In upholding the conviction, the state Supreme Court found that the convictions were supported by competent, substantial evidence, according to the State Attorney’s Office.” That is a purely laughable statement.

In the public records, in plain English, the state acted against judicial canons of publicly making statements pertaining to pending litigation. They told the public that these men were guilty and used every available news outlet to do so. This is ethically and legally prohibited.  But forgetting all the improprieties in procedure by the state, the DEA, FBI and Homeland Security have no interest in Patrick because he wasn’t the “mastermind” of anything relevant to this case. The fact that these agencies are involved supports the claim of this being a much bigger investigation than what happened in Pensacola in July 2009

Blue Markham gave the van used in the crime to Cab Tice a couple of months prior to the crime. The rest of the evidence clearly leads to Hugh Wiggins’s door. DNA evidence puts Hugh Wiggins in the Billings’ house with Byrd’s blood on his gloves. He also had the safe taken from the house as well as the murder weapon. Found with an arsenal of weapons in intracoastal waterways, his “limited” immunity frees him from ALL charges in Florida and Mississippi  Then you have the surveillance tape which shows a completely different series of events than the prosecution ever presented.  How is that possible?  The tape is the key to this and the state completely disregards the actual events because they don’t fit their version of the crime….really????

This is all beyond logical comprehension. How can a man be sent to Death Row by what amounts to a trial in the media? Think about it. This could be any one of us. Would you trust these officials to find justice if you were in Patrick’s shoes?

Facts Never Revealed

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In going over this case over and over, there are 2 statements that stand out. Those would be Blue Markham and Justin Billings. I have provided excerpts.  If there is anyone out there that can explain to me why these statements were never followed up on, please let me know.

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So we have Blue Markham turning an identical van to the one used in the crime to Cab Tice.  2 vans…the one in Sr.’s backyard and the one Cab Tice got from Blue Markham.

Now Justin Billings’s testimony is just craziness at its finest.  Yet Justin was never considered a suspect or someone possibly involved with the crime.  Read for yourself what he says mere hours after his family is butchered in their home–his former home.

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Someone please tell me again why Patrick is a better suspect than these two who were in closer proximity and had more motive than anyone else?

Blind Justice

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When I started my research, I suppose you could say I was blissfully naive. I knew there were cases that were bungled. I watch Discovery ID. I wasn’t oblivious to “blind” justice. However, I wasn’t prepared for justice that was willfully deaf and dumb as well. One of the first contacts was someone investigating Bill Eddins for ethical and prosecutorial conduct. This was one of my first red flags.

Another red flag was Sheriff Morgan stating he would not be investigating anything pertaining to the Billings’ business dealings.  WHAT????? Any kind of investigation should focus on the life of the victims. Anyone who has ever seen CSI or for that matter anyone who knows human nature would know that murders are seldom committed by strangers. This was no random incident.

Byrd and Melanie had a no social life to speak of outside of family. What’s left? Family & Business. We know Justin tells deputies that he saved his girlfriend by paying for her safety.  Why didn’t he pay for his family’s safety or his own personal safety? In a nutshell he knew what was going to happen, so why didn’t he warn his parents?

He claims his buddy Walter in Colorado confirmed it was a “hit” and not a robbery. Who the hell is Walter?  Why wasn’t he interviewed? What did he know? Why was Justin in on it?

Taking a step back, in researching the Zetas activities, I found that their activities are based in the southeast and southwest, Colorado and Florida included. So if the theory of this being an organized crime hit is true, Justin and Walter make sense, don’t they? I have found that in researching people that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.  The simple explanation that makes all the craziness of this trial make sense is that Byrd & Melanie were casualties of a cartel.

The US Government: Misinformation vs Disinformation

Researching this case, I have become aware of a few different observations.  a. People will believe in an Elvis or extra-terrestrial sighting before they question press statements of the local government. b. Even with proof of the civil rights and privacy violations of the NSA, people don’t believe their corrupt city council member would ever lie to them. c. If the government can’t simply explain something, they use ambiguous terms to confuse the masses. ex: The Fast & Furious debacle is officially called a “gunwalking” operation. Gunwalking? It almost makes it sound like the guns themselves are in control of walking to the bad guys, doesn’t it. Another good set of terms are “disinformation” & “misinformation”

This is good. I had to dig into this to understand. Misinformation is used to describe the intelligence info that is inadvertently incorrect. Disinformation is used to describe intelligence info that has been intentionally laid out to deceive.

It appears the cases of intelligence with respect to covert government actions like the Fast & Furious are wrought with misinformation as well as disinformation on the organizations that are supposed to be at the heart of the intelligence (or lack there of) coup that was supposed to track the guns.

Enter Hugh Wiggins, a known gun runner, caught with a small arsenal of weapons and known connection to Los Zetas as well as the Gulf Cartel. In order to try to save their asses in this misinformation & disinformation faux pas, the feds cut him a deal for the correct info he is able to give them about his associates.  The catch is the man is a murderer.

This is the dilemma of the law enforcement agents in this case, FBI, DEA, and local officials. The FBI & DEA have what they want out of this set of circumstances.  Now what do prosecutors and sheriff supposed to do? They have made too many statements to national news outlets. They have released all the evidence in press releases. Search warrants, transcripts of the statements given to police by a number of people.  The biggest issue is that just about every statement wording to the effect of  “Patrick was the shooter” or “Patrick planned and killed those people”.  Now these documents were accessed by a number of people within the county. There is no question that Patrick is the shooter based on these forms. Here’s the problem. These are ALLEGATIONS. It was presented to the public as fact. The prospective jurors are being told that Patrick is the murder without a doubt.

This nullifies the jury pool. They are presented with non-facts as facts. Then you have Sheriff Morgan shaking jurors’ hands saying “I did my part. I trust you will do yours in putting these people away.” This is another thing that sounds like the Sheriff is directing the jurors as to what they “should” do. This is all tainting the opinions of the jurors. This is highly improper.

Is there any wonder why Patrick was convicted in just 3 days??

Empathy & Justice: An Editorial

I wanted to take this time to address a few important issues with respect to me & this case. Does any one know the feeling of running late on a rainy Monday and having a flat tire, with no spare on a busy road and no one stopping to help?  Of course. Everybody has those days. You couldn’t buy luck. Everything cosmically falls apart for no apparent reason.  Imagine having that day in perpetuity. How bad would that day be if you got stuck with that day as your “Groundhog Day”? We all feel bad for that person, because we understand how that feels.  We have walked a mile or more in those shoes. This is empathy. We feel the pain because we have been there.

Justice. The great equalizer–in theory. We all like to see Lady Justice with the scales balanced and the good guys wearing their white hat prevailing at the end of the day. We all like to see the bad guy behind bars and throw away the key.  But we all know also that justice is supposed to be blind. With those blinders comes the inevitable injustice or various shades of gray that make up the overwhelming distance between “cosmic right” and “cosmic wrong”.  In this gray space lays the Billings’ murder case.

Was Byrd Billings & his family victimized? Yes but they were also predators.  Are all the people involved in this case guilty?  None of them were angels. But does that make them guilty? And guilty of what? The reality of this case is entirely the gray area between right and wrong. Patrick Gonzalez was a thug; he was an addict; he was involved in illegal circles with varying degrees of criminality, but if he didn’t commit this murder, is it justice to say he should be in jail for the other illegal acts he did commit or could have committed but for this case?  Possibly. The case could be made for that, but does he belong on Death Row? No!  Strangely enough, this isn’t the answer most people have. I was appalled by that.

I have been told that it is justice that he is on Death Row even if he didn’t murder those people because he was a criminal with intent to harm others if nothing else by reckless disregard.  Patrick, just like most of the other alleged conspirators, was associated in something bigger than himself. Honestly, a great deal of people who are involved in this cases on the periphery are just as associated with this bigger evil as well. They sat in front of the jury, soaking up the spotlight with crocodile tears. If Patrick belongs where he is, so does Blue Markham, Justin Billings, Cab Tice and most certainly, Hugh Wiggins.

Who among us would put their entirety of their lives on display for the public? All the domestic disputes, evictions, traffic violations, misdemeanors, etc. Who among us would put all their dirty laundry on media display and come out looking rosy? Yet these men were and still are. The bad decisions, choices, and associations are there for their legacy to echo. I find that people like to point fingers as to not have others look at them.

Do I like Patrick Gonzalez? I never did prior to this case. I couldn’t stand him. Is it ok to just let him be killed by the state because I didn’t like him? No! Is it ok to let karma swallow him up for crimes he could have committed or didn’t get caught doing? NO! I don’t know about anyone else but when it comes to Death Row, I would like to be damn sure he is the right guy. After reading all my other  posts, is it possible that something besides the “official story” could have happened?  Most definitely. Would you want your life hanging in the balance, when your actions might have been improperly perceived?

My Further Travels down the Rabbit Hole

So someone choreographed 5 men to storm a compound that is fully established with cameras, to take some money from an old man.  This is the story if you drank the Kool-Aid. This is the ultimate puzzle wrapped inside an enigma. The risk in this crime is high. The gain is low. No money actually came from it. Why so many men? Why at that location? Why? Why? WHY?

Then I see an article somewhere that says there is drug involvement. Makes sense, but still… So I look into this drug matter. I find that the DEA has an on-going investigation in the Pensacola area and in particular 2 cases involving Byrd Billings. NSA also has some oversight.  A 73 year old man? Dope? NSA? DEA? Then there’s Patrick’s story of it being BIGGER than a robbery. That makes more sense to me than a “simple robbery”. The DEA documents suggest that Byrd Billings was being investigated for trafficking heroine, laundering money and human trafficking from a Mexican cartel, Los Zetas who were brokering an alliance to some degree with the Gulf Cartel which is loosely connected to the Columbo crime family. What?  This guy has 13 foster kids. Trafficking humans? Heroine? Jesus Christ!

Then I watched Justin Billings interview.  It was a couple of hours. He never cries. He is matter of fact in his statements. He doesn’t express any kind of emotion. No anger, no grief. He claims that his friend Walter spared his girlfriend for a price. What? Spared his girlfriend? What the hell does that mean?  Is this guy high? No one seriously does this right? He’s spinning a yarn but implies he knew this would happen and he protected his girlfriend. Why would a simple robbery have any thing to do with a teenage girl? And if he knew what was to happen, why not go to police? or to his parents to warn them? Who the hell is Walter? Why is he not investigated? He seems to have some knowledge of this hit. Walter is never talked to or about beyond this interview.

It is ironic that when deputies arrived at the crime scene, Ashley Markham, Melanie’s daughter & her husband James “Blue” Markham were there. Justin was there by then. They told police about the video but it was Justin they asked to get the video because he was the only one there who knew how it worked. They didn’t wait for someone from in law enforcement to touch the video. They allowed the family to get the video. In a perfect world, the family would have no reason to do anything to skew evidence in a murder investigation, but this world isn’t perfect. Could there have been tampering? And if this surveillance system is so sophisticated that Ashley, Blue or any other learned person couldn’t figure it out, who was supposed to disable the cameras the way like every single one of the suspects said would happen?  Justin, perhaps? But he is never looked at. Why? I’m just not understanding the breakdown of protocol from law enforcement. The family had roughly 30 minutes before the crime scene investigators got there. There were people walking around. No order to the scene. Is it possible some things were “taken” to not be found by the police? Is it possible things could have been altered to appear one way with another being the truth? From the beginning, this investigation is bungled.

Reflection: Me vs This Case

Today, I want to take a second to reflect on this rabbit hole I have jumped into. I entered into this with intrigue & curiosity. I have never known anyone that was on national television, until July 2009. I was floored because it was just so surreal. Who sees an acquaintance on tv as a “mastermind” or “murderer”?  It took my breath away. But then I thought about what I knew of Patrick. I knew him from working at Village Inn and through Katie Herkel who was became his first wife. I knew they had a daughter who was the spitting image of Patrick. I knew Patrick to be con-man full of hot air. He claimed this and claimed that. To be honest, I never believed anything he said. He was charismatic & he is a natural leader. I knew that his marriage to Katie went South and obviously it was a difficult divorce because of Bella. That’s it–until 2009 when I see him on television.

 

I watched all the news and read all the papers. I watched his trial–the entire 3 days of it. It sounds legitimate. The semblance of evidence was waved around. Sheriff Morgan made absolute statements there were no “alleged” or “suspects”; there was “certainty”, “conspiracy” & “murderers”. There were DEA & FBI involvement; then there wasn’t. Then Cab Tice was the ultimate mastermind, which never changed but Patrick became the “ring leader”. Ninja garb. Home Invasion.

 

Patrick is a professional mixed martial art master. I knew this through Katie. Why would he shoot someone it would be easier for someone with his skill set to use his obvious advantage?  Why would someone bust into this compound to get money when knocking over the old guy with a $100,000 in a briefcase as he got out of his car at work or at any time when he was alone?  Why bust through a house that they knew had cameras? Everyone of the suspects said that was supposed to be disarmed, implicating someone close to the family.  Why would they go to this trouble to do this? This was not a robbery. This was a hit and a huge event that needn’t be that big. The man was 73 years old. He wasn’t in any condition to fight off a one on one attack.

 Why would anyone do this anyway? Who is the person who gains the most? That’s Criminology 101.  The family got the entirety of the estate. Why weren’t they ever looked at?  It just didn’t make sense. None of it. This was supposed to be a “humdinger” according to Sheriff Morgan with a great deal of elements, but then it came down to a simple home invasion robbery.  What?  Simple? Robbery? None of this makes sense. Cab Tice was about to be prosecuted for stealing from Billings. Why wasn’t he looked at? He wasn’t even questioned until after Patrick was arrested. Justin Billings said within moments of the horrific murder of his parents without a shred of emotion that a man named Walter told him this was a hit by Colorado gang.  What? A gang? A 73 year old man? What the hell is going on?