Escaped Florida inmate Charles Walker to face judge

Published On: Oct 23 2013 03:20:08 AM HST
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One of the men who authorities say walked out of a north Florida prison using forged paperwork will face an Orange County judge on Wednesday morning.

Charles Walker, 34, was serving a life sentence for murder in Franklin County, and now faces a new charge of escape.

Walker and another convicted killer, 34-year-old Joseph Jenkins, arrived at the Orange County Jail on Tuesday, where they are being held in separate maximum security cells.

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Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry has now ordered them returned to the prison system to serve their life sentences.

"There is no need for any court proceedings in this matter at this time," Perry said in his order.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Gerald Bailey said investigators are working to find whoever put money in the men's prison canteen funds, and if that cash was used to buy the fake documents and their freedom.

"We are vetting those friends, family and associates to see if there's a connection we can use in this investigation," said Bailey. "I urge those who helped them to come forward before we find you."

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Commissioner Bailey also said investigators recovered an iPad and cellphone from the motel room where Walker and Jenkins were captured Saturday in Panama City Beach.

The FDLE and the Attorney General's Office are both offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever made the forged documents that helped Walker and Jenkins escape.

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