FL Officials Knew of Similar Case 7 Months Before Erroneous Killer Releases


Seven months before phony court orders sprung convicted Florida killers Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker from prison, officials were already investigating another near-identical attempt by an inmate to escape a life sentence, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Inmate Jeffery Forbes was foiled in February when former Orange County Sheriff’s detective Dave Clarke discovered that his release date had been changed and alerted the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office.

In the months that followed, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted a full investigation, which culminated Oct. 8 when prosecutors filed forgery and escape charged against Forbes. The day those charges came, the second of two convicted murderers walked out of a state prison — despite the fact that the state’s Department of Corrections and local court officials had been aware of the Forbes case for months. (The killers were captured on Saturday night). Forbes, 30, is in prison for shooting Deputy Sheriff Adam Pierce in 2005. Forbes was sentenced to life, so it came as a shock to Clarke when he discovered that the convict was scheduled to be released.

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