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Escaped Fla. inmates back behind bars
Two convicted murderers who escaped from a Florida prison are back behind bars.
They were re-captured -- peacefully -- when police surrounded them in a Panama City beach motel Saturday night. Authorities have yet to unravel the slick scam they used to spring themselves from prison.
"Will set return appearance of October 25th to make sure you are retrieved by Department of Corrections."
Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were in a Florida courtroom today -- their brief taste of freedom snapped short.
The convicted murderers resume life sentences without parole.
Their escape route came to an end here in this motel room in Panama City Beach acting on a tip, police swarmed the area, cornered the pair, and ordered them by loudspeaker to surrender.
"They both exited with their hands in the air and really at that point, went into custody, without further incident," said Ruth Corley, Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Just hours earlier, the men's families had pleaded with them to give up.
"We just want you to surrender yourself to someone you trust who will bring you back in safely," said Lillie Danzi, Charles Walker's mother.
In 1998, Joseph Jenkins killed a father of six in Orlando. Charles Walker fatally shot a 23-year-old man in Orange County a year later.
But the convicts strolled out of prison weeks ago -- thanks to fake court orders skillfully crafted, complete with official signatures copied from real documents.
And police say the elaborate plot was ongoing.
"They were waiting in the motel for someone to arrive from Atlanta to take them out of state," said Gerald Baily, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Authorities promise more arrests.
"We will be backtracking to those who helped carry out this fraud and along the way we will be looking closely at anyone who may have helped harbor these fugitives," Bailey said.