UPDATE: 2 Killers Registered As Felons After Their Escape

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says authorities have captured the two prisoners who were released by phony documents.

Commissioner Gerald Bailey said Saturday night that Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were taken into custody together at a motel in Panama City Beach. Authorities say they were taken into custody about 6:40 p.m. at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn without incident.

The men were mistakenly released within the last month.

Bailey did not immediately release any other details.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Authorities are searching for two convicted killers who were freed by bogus paperwork as questions linger about who created the legitimate-looking documents that exposed gaps in Florida's judicial system.

Within days of walking out of prison, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, who had been sentenced to life, traveled about 300 miles to a jail an Orlando and registered as felons.

They signed paperwork. They were fingerprinted, and they were even photographed before walking out of the jail without raising any alarms. Had one of the murder victim's family not contacted prosecutors, authorities might not have known about the mistaken releases.

Authorities are trying to figure out how that could have happened and how to stop it from happening again.


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