Murder charge in Christine Blackburn-Wiles case

In April 2007, 39-year-old Christine Blackburn-Wiles disappeared from Belleview, Florida. Her former boyfriend, Billy Ashton, has just been charged with murder, less than 24 hours after he was sentenced to thirty years in prison for illegal weapons possession.

There’s some DNA evidence — Christine’s blood in the trunk of Ashton’s car — but it looks like most of the case will rest on the testimony of informants who say they heard Ashton confess. He does have a history of violence to women and once served six years for kidnapping and assaulting another girlfriend.