The convicted murderers arrived at the Orange County Jail on Tuesday and were placed in maximum security in separate locations. It’s the same jail where they registered as felons in the days after they were released from prison.
Besides the forged documents, forensic examiners were looking at computers and printers seized from the Franklin County prison. So far, there is no indication that any Department of Corrections workers helped the inmates with their escape, but investigators are still looking at any possibilities of an inside job, Bailey said.
“There is no hard evidence that has happened,” he said. “If there were, there would be an arrest.”
The mistaken release led the Corrections Department to change its policy for early prisoner releases. It also caused the chief judge in the judicial circuit that covers Orange and Osceola counties in metro Orlando to change how orders are filed in the court clerks’ offices. The forged paperwork that led to the release of Jenkins and Walker was filed in the Orange County Clerk of Courts office.
Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry signed an order Monday that prohibits judicial orders from being accepted at drop-off boxes. His order also requires judicial assistants to keep a log of all orders to change an inmate’s prison sentence.
When the clerk’s office gets an order to change a sentence, the clerk must verify with the judge or judicial assistant that the order was issued, according to the new measures.
While investigating the Walker and Jenkins case, authorities discovered two other prisoners at the Franklin County prison that were in the process of obtaining fake release orders.
Bailey said authorities know of three other prisoners who attempted similar escapes. The first case was the release of Nydeed Nashaddai out of a Pinellas County jail in 2009. He was captured in less than a day, sentenced to 20 years for escape and sent to the Franklin County Prison. Another Franklin County prison inmate attempted an escape in 2011. The other case involved an inmate at a Gulf County prison.