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Two Florida convicted murderers released from prison on forged papers
FLORIDA -- Two murderers were mistakenly released from a Florida prison and they are both still on the run this morning.
Someone forged court records, allowing the two convicted felons to roam free.
Now, autourities are putting in every effort to find them.
This afternoon, an intense manhunt continues across Florida for 2 convicted murderers who simply strolled out of jail, all thanks to forged paperwork.
"People are scared to death."
In 1998, Joseph Jenkins killed a father of six children in Orlando. And a year later Charles Walker shot a 23-year-old man to death. Both men should still be serving life sentences but are now on the run, leaving communities in Florida on edge and authorities scrambling for answers.
Perry "I have never seen anything like this. You have to give them an a for being imaginative and effective."
This was no Shawshank-like escape, just good-old fashioned cunning.
Officials say someone filed these fake documents with a Florida Clerk of Court, paperwork then forwarded to the Corrections Department calling for Jenkins' and Walker's release. The documents included the apparently forged signature of Chief Judge Belvin Perry.
"They cut and pasted my signature and affixed it to the order."
Perry presided over the infamous Casey Anthony murder trial in 2011, and his signature can easily be found online on legitimate court documents.
As authorities investigate exactly how his happened, suspicions are running high that all of this could have been an inside job.
"They could be anywhere, but they had to have somebody to help them."
Jenkins made his escape September 27 and Walker has been on the lam since October 8.
Florida officials must now go through the tedious process of checking whether any other escapes were based on forged documents. They do know of at least one other case last spring when a man was caught after attempting the very same scam.