Trial Begins For Billings Murder Suspect Stallworth

April 25, 2011

stallworthescmug.jpgJury selection begin Monday in the second trial of the Brewton man charged in the death of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

Donnie Stallworth is facing two counts of first degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of the Beulah couple last July — one of seven people charged in the double murder. The former Air Force staff sergeant went on trail last month, but a judge declared a mistrial after a jury could not decide his fate during nine hours of deliberations.

Stallworth’s attorney filed for a change of  venue to move the case out of Escambia County, but, so far, there’s no ruling to move the case.

Stallworth was accused of being in the home at time of the murders, armed with a gun. The accusations came from two co-defendants, 16-year old Rakeem Florence and 21-year old Fredrick Thorton. Both pleaded not contest to a lessor second degree murder charge in exchange for their testimony.


6 Responses to “Trial Begins For Billings Murder Suspect Stallworth”

  1. Molino Man on April 26th, 2011 9:50 am

    This guy could walk free due to the “system” . I hope the state does a better time cause the last trial cost taxpayers plenty due to making deals with his buds that turned on him. Forget the guys that are trying to stay alive for a reduced sentence & put the evidence on Stallworth commiting the crime. Case closed !

  2. Kay on April 26th, 2011 9:27 am

    Hang him

  3. Me on April 25th, 2011 9:31 pm

    Come on, he might have had a rough childhood. Maybe his Mom and Dad mistreated him. Maybe he was bullied at school. Maybe his girlfriend dumped him. I’m sure none of this is his fault. Excuses, excuses, for bad decisions. Now it is time for the CONSEQUENCES!

  4. shae on April 25th, 2011 11:38 am

    Gun in hand, Not trying to stop what happened? Just as guilty as the person or persons who pulled the trigger. Ok, for previous jurors, what’s so hard about that?
    Something the juror’s heard that we have not been privy to, because I just don’t understand it.

  5. David Huie Green on April 25th, 2011 9:07 am

    that was a fast trial

  6. 4thebillings on April 25th, 2011 9:02 am


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