NEW: Charles Walker ordered held without bond and sent back to prison
Walker and Joseph Jenkins used forged documents to walk out of prison, authorities say
They were serving time for having committed murders years ago in Orange County, California
Two convicted murderers who allegedly used forged documents to walk out of prison were booked Tuesday in Orange County, Florida – the place where both men hail from and where the murders they are responsible for took place.
Wearing a dark jumpsuit, Charles Walker nodded several times in response to questions during his 65-second appearance in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, in Orlando.
No hearing has been announced for the second man, Joseph Jenkins.
After days on the lam, Walker and Jenkins were recaptured Saturday night at Panama City’s Coconut Grove Motor Inn, some 360 miles northwest of the Orlando area.
They were booked Tuesday in Orange County, Florida, the place from which both men hail and where the murders they are responsible for took place.
Walker and Jenkins, both 34, had been serving life terms without parole for unrelated killings at the Franklin Correctional Institution in North Carrabelle, south of Tallahassee in Florida’s Panhandle.
Jenkins walked out September 27, while Walker left October 8. Both used legal-looking documents with bogus reproductions of several key players’ signatures, including those of the Orlando-area state attorney and Judge Belvin Perry, plus the seal of the Orange County clerk of court’s office.
State officials have been investigating that type of scam for about a year and had warned prosecutors about the schemes over the summer, said Jerry Bailey, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s commissioner.
On Tuesday, Bailey’s agency announced that a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the forgeries or inmates’ escapes. The Florida attorney general’s office is offering another reward of up to $10,000.
CNN’s Greg Botelho contributed to this report.