Judge: media can see but not air video from killing of Fla. couple during July home invasionBy AP
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Judge says media can see Fla. double slaying video
PENSACOLA, Fla. — A judge has ruled that the media can watch and describe video taken from the home of a Florida couple the night they were killed in a home break-in. But they cannot air or distribute the video.
Circuit Judge Nicholas Geeker agreed to a compromise Friday between an attorney representing the media and an attorney for the family of the slain couple, Byrd and Melanie Billings.
The couple were known for adopting numerous children with special needs. Nine of their young children were at home when they were killed July 9.
An extensive camera system captured some images of the crime. The family attorney had said he was concerned about images of the young children and the bloody crime scene being made public.
Authorities have arrested eight people in the case.