Computer software developed especially for the case by Space Coast CU is being credited by police for helping to track and arrest a suspect in the April 4 murder of a local resident. The software helped authorities trace the movements of William Billingheimer, who killed himself during a gunfight with police two days later, after they tried to question him about the death of Gwendolyn Lightfoot, who died handcuffed to her bed in a fire at her home.
Police said the Space Coast CU program tracked the suspect's use of Lightfoot's stolen credit union debit card, showing withdrawals later that day at SCCU and five other ATMs. A police search of Billingheimer's home also turned up receipts and credit cards with the elderly Lightfoot's name and account numbers, according to Joan Heller, spokesperson for the Brevard County Sheriff's office. "They were trying to talk to him and he committed suicide," Heller told The Credit Union Journal. Billingheimer is believed to have set the fire that killed the 85-year-old Lightfoot.