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Pamela Wiggins had long Albany history

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Investigators have recovered the murder weapon used to kill a prominent Florida couple, and tonight, we know the 8th suspect in those murders is a woman who was born and raised in Albany.

47-year old Pamela Long Coco Wiggins is charged as an accessory after the fact to the murders of Melanie and Byrd Billings.

They were shot to death in their home outside Pensacola last Thursday while nine of their 17 children were in the house.

Eight suspects are now charged in connection the deadly military-style home invasion. Prosecutors say robbery was the primary motive.

Pamela Wiggins grew up in Albany, owned several rental properties and got a divorce here in 1992.

Pamela Long Coco Wiggins was born here in Albany 1961 and graduated from Albany High School in 1979. After several marriages, she has a string of last names on her records including Wiggins and Maldin.

She still has family here. In fact, we tracked down her mother in Northwest Albany but she didn't want to talk about her daughter's arrest.

Pamela Long Coco and her then-husband Tom owned a house on West First Avenue from 1986 to 1995. Neighbors say the couple was always busy with renovations.

 "They were over there working hard most for the time you could tell they were busy doing stuff most of the time, but they seemed like nice people," a neighbor told us.

One of the most interesting things we found was this property on Park Lane now owned by Phoebe. The large home that used to be on this lot burned, and firefighters say it was suspicious.

"The fire was an intentionally set fire. We found pour patterns throughout the structure so we know it was intentionally set," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

 Carswell said he remembered the case and called Pamela a strong suspect at the time. But she was never charged with a crime in that fire. "At some point when we were doing the interview she got a lawyer, we got no more progress on the investigation from her."

The case remains open, though. We also learned that Pamela Long filed for bankruptcy in 1993 on a property she owned on North Slappey.

We also learned today that she divorced Tom Coco here in Dougherty County in 1992, and records indicate she sold her remaining property in Albany back in 2001.

Wiggins posted a $10,000 bond Thursday.

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