Two men arrested on murder charges in the slaying of a Florida couple who adopted a dozen children with developmental disabilities went to their house intending to burglarize it
, according to arrest warrants.
The suspects were due in court Monday, a day after they were arrested by authorities probing the shootings. Day laborer Wayne Coldiron
, 41, turned himself in to Escambia County authorities and Leonard P. Gonzalez Jr
., 35, was arrested in neighboring Santa Rosa County, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.
Earlier Sunday, authorities charged Gonzalez's father, Leonard P. Gonzalez Sr.
, with evidence tampering. Police said the 56-year-old tried to paint over and hide damage on a red van
that was spotted on surveillance video leaving the home where Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot to death Thursday.
"We were very surprised by the rapidity of this operation. It was carried out with military precision
, I'll tell you that," he said.
More arrests are expected, and more charges could be added for those already in custody.
The elder Gonzalez told investigators that he was the getaway driver
and waited in the van while the others broke into the Billings' house and burglarized it, according to warrants released late Sunday. He also told police several other men were involved.
The surveillance video shows three armed, masked suspects arrive in the van, enter the house and then return to the vehicle, the warrants said.
The Billings were killed in their spacious, nine-bedroom home in a rural area west of Pensacola near the Alabama state line. The house had an extensive surveillance system that authorities said captured the break-in. Tips from the public led police to the van
Morgan said the investigation involves a complex web of relationships between suspects, though he declined to elaborate on them. He said it did not appear that the suspects knew the victims
. The younger Gonzalez and Coldiron are friends, the warrants said.
"We are very anxious to share this story ... it's going to be a humdinger, I'll tell you that," Morgan said Sunday.