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?
I have recently been tipped off to look for information in the surveillance tape. Ashley & Blue had the release of the full surveillance tape suppressed because of the “graphic nature” they do not want to relive. As understandable as that is, I am thinking there are other reasons the tape was never released.
CBS got a computer animated version of the surveillance tape that is allegedly true to the real surveillance tape. Here is a still shot from that version:
Notice two left-handed people with rifles come in the front to Byrd, while one right-handed person with a handgun comes in the back. In watching the rest of the video, the first shot to Byrd Billings leg was done by the person who entered from the back, the right-handed gunman; then they all proceed with Melanie into the closet. Three assailants and two victims move to the closet. Each of the assailants alternatively shoot both Melanie and Byrd.
There are so many inconsistencies in this computerized version, at least according to the prosecution team. They cannot account for the 2 lefties and 1 righty. The number of people in the house is not consistent with their case. The fact there are 3 shooters when there allegedly was only one shooter according to the Bill Eddins. None of the facts of this tape jive with the prosecutor’s version.
Now tell me why the facts don’t line up with the prosecutor’s version of the crime.
Evidently, it was too late in the trial. Geeker ended up declaring a mistrial due to a hung jury for the second time in 6 months. The prosecutors rallied and finally got a conviction in July of 2011. By this time, the Stallworth family had run out of money to pay for attorney’s fees and his fate was left to a public defender, but the prosecutors laid things out as Geeker advised and that coupled with the public defender resulted in Stallworth, a non-shooter, sentenced to life in prison. After what can only be called a “witch hunt” and thousands of dollars of tax payers’ money, they have a man they can’t convincingly say was at the scene of the crime, behind bars for the rest of his life.
Just think about this, you have a judge who was a federal prosecutor who opted out of trying a Columbian cartel he had investigated and nabbed over the course of several years, being the one to bring down innocent men not to tangle with that cartel again. Judge Geeker left his position in South Florida at the height of the trials and incarcerations that he commandeered. Why? The nature of Columbian cartel and their brutality is the best explanation. Wouldn’t it be prudent not to rile that cartel’s ally in Pensacola 25 years later?
For those keeping score, we have a corrupt sheriff, David Morgan; a corrupt, prosecutor, Bill Eddins, and a corrupt judge, Geeker overseeing the matter. There is nothing about this case that hasn’t been mishandled or polluted by personal agendas. There is no justice to be found in Pensacola.
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.