Melanie and Bud were raising nine children with special needs when they were gunned down while they were sleeping. They were innocent victims of a methodical murder plot. They weren't the only ones at home that night…nine adopted children with special needs, members of the Billings" large, loving family, were sleeping nearby.
Before July 2009, Melanie and Bud were best known in Pensacola, Florida, as a generous, good-hearted couple who opened their home to children with severe disabilities. Now, their tragic deaths haunt the community and the children they left behind.
After her parents were found dead, Ashley and her husband of two years, Blue Markham, took over parenting duties for her nine adopted siblings, which fulfills a promise Ashley says she made to her mother years ago.
In just a few months, Ashley and Blue have adapted to their new routines. Ashley wakes up before dawn to care for each child before heading to her full-time job. All nine children require specialized medical care. Emma, the baby of the family, has Down syndrome and must be fed through a feeding tube. Katie and Nicholas take seizure medication, while Ricky takes an anti-psychotic medicine, which helps with his behavioral problems.
Investigations are on, and some arrests, but Ashley is still searching for answers. She says why someone would want to kill her parents. "They were good people. They did wonderful things."
Stay tuned to Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday September 26th at 8.00 pm on Big CBS Love as Oprah looks back at the murders of Melanie and Bud Billings, a Florida couple, who adopted children with special needs.