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October 21st, 2013
06:42 AM ET

Escaped Killers Captured in Florida

While handcuffed and shackled, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker said little during their first court appearance after being arrested. For the two convicted killers, their manhunt ended just 80 miles from where their escape began, CNN's Nick Valencia reports.

Officials tell CNN the two were waiting for a ride from Atlanta in a Panama City Beach motel when they were busted unarmed. They were detained without incident.

At a press conference on Sunday, Florida officials addressed the bureaucratic blunder. The two convicts serving life sentences were accidentally released after showing forged paperwork. It also turns out that apparently this has happened twice before, only the inmates were caught before they got out.

Law enforcement has launched an investigation to figure out how Jenkins and Walker duped the system and obtained the fake documents.

"... there is speculation, and underline speculation, that there was a source where for a certain sum money documents could be constructed for eight thousand dollars, whether that is true or not, is will be determined," says Jerry Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner.

Many believe it was an inside job. CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara says they must have had help.

"It has to be somebody on the inside. It just has to be. Somebody at the clerk's office, somebody in the courthouse, maybe even somebody in a state attorney's office position, a secretary maybe who can actually get that paperwork done," he says.

Police are now promising to hold all who contributed accountable, telling CNN that additional arrests are expected.

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