The two convicted murderers who were mistakenly released from a Florida prison weeks ago have been captured. You can read my first post about their escape HERE.
Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were both arrested at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn in Panama City, Florida, at about 6:40 PM on Saturday. Both men were arrested without incident and neither one was armed.
Both had been released after forged documents were sent to the prison that indicated their life sentences had been reduced. The documents contained the forged signatures of Florida prosecutors and an Orange County judge.
Another new bit of info has come to light in this case. Within 48 hours of their releases, Jenkins and Walker checked in as paroled inmates at the Orlando County Jail before they disappeared. They were photographed and fingerprinted for a registry of released felons.
Walker then briefly visited his relatives, who held a press conference earlier Saturday, pleading with him to turn himself in.
There’s no doubt the investigation into their releases will continue. They obviously had to have outside help – someone who forged and sent the documents, and possibly someone who picked the men up at the jail after they were released. It will be interesting to see how this case unfolds and even more interesting to see if there are any other inmates involved in this plot who have been released. As of yesterday, authorities said they were still looking into it.