To fully understand the business, political, and criminal climate of Pensacola at the time of the death of Byrd and Melanie Billings, you must understand all the players in the "good ole boy" system.
April 30, 2002
Childers, Willie Junior, Mike Bass and Terry Smith, all Escambia County
Commissioners, were indicted on political corruption charges including
bribery, coercion, and racketeering. This was the soccer complex
scandal. The commissioners offered to buy the defunct complex and
Stalnaker dealership from Joe Elliott and his wife for an exorbitant
amount of money, far exceeding the value of the property. These
commissioners were paid to vote for the deal. What comes out in the
wash with casualties is the laundering of money from "unnamed" sources.
Stalnaker Mazda, an auto dealership in Pensacola is one of the many
tied to organized crime. W.D. Childers is convicted and jailed ending a
30 year political career that included a seat on the Florida Senate for 8
you look at Willie, he issued a 6 paragraph public statement saying
W.D. Childers's greediness got him into this and he was going to "blow
the lid of further corruptions" by W.D. Childers, Mike Bass, Terry
Smith and others. Not a smart thing to say publicly. He agreed to be a
"star witness" in further investigations. Then Willie is found dead
under a house. This is the Pensacola that gave birth to Ron Samuels's
cocaine dealing and hiring of hit men, as well as the Billings Murders.
Screwing with the money train of the Pensacola auto business is deadly.
This is all linked my friends.