Stallworth found guilty

Published 4:43 pm Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brewton native Donnie Stallworth was found guilty of murder Thursday in his third trial on charges that he was involved in the shooting deaths of a Pensacola-area couple.

Stallworth, a 1999 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, and a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, was charged in the July 2009 shooting deaths of Byrd and Melanie Billings, a Florida couple known for their adoption of special needs children.

According to reports, Stallworth was sentenced to life in prison.

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His first two trials last spring ended in hung juries. The so-called mastermind of the crimes was found guilty and sentenced to the death penalty in February.