October 25th, 2010
06:59 PM ET

Jury picked in trial of 'ninjas' accused of killing Florida couple

Eleven women and two men have been selected to hear the case of the alleged ringleader of a group of "ninjas" who shot and killed a Florida couple known for adopting special-needs children.

The jury, which includes one alternate, was selected Monday in the trial of Leonard Gonzalez Jr. Prosecutors said that he and six others put on black masks and dressed as ninjas before creeping into the Beulah, Florida, home of Melanie and Byrd Billings on July 9, 2009.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday morning in Escambia County Circuit Court in Pensacola, and the trial is expected to last three to four days. Gonzalez, 35, could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of first-degree murder.


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  1. Lisa baby

    Sad the victims donate to this a$sholes karate school this guy knows they have special needs children what an ungratful b\stard omg he should burn in HELL those poor kids and how sad for those 2 peoples last moments were facing someone they had helped take their lives and detroy the children they were caring for RIP

    October 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Judgement day.

      October 26, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bond, James Bond

    ninjas huh? Im on it Q. I could use army nurse though.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. RaleighMatrix

    These fellas live in a fantasy world. Too many movies and video games. What is wrong with society today? The masses are going psycho. No, life does not mean you can do anything you want. It means we have to abide by disciplined rules for the good of all -Be a part of that.

    October 26, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. the Daddy

    This is what Methenphatamine does to people. These boys were clearly ingesting too much- got lost in fantasy and delusion.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the Daddy

    What causes people to think that they can get away with doing these? If those seven guys had gotten jobs, in a year, they altogether would have earned way more than 100k. They coulda had drugs during the whole year.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |