TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with helping his brother's killer and another murderer escape from prison with bogus court documents.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Thursday that Willie Slater Jr., of Orlando, was part of the scheme that helped Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker walk out of a Panhandle prison this fall using fake release orders.
Walker was serving a life sentence for murdering Slater's brother. Special agent Danny Banks says Slater owed Jenkins a favor, which is why he would help him.
Slater was in prison for burglary at the same time Jenkins was behind bars. Authorities say Jenkins lied and took the rap for Slater's burglary and Slater was released in 2009.
Authorities also charged two other prisoners and an ex-convict with helping Jenkins and Walker.