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Central Florida killer Charles Walker briefly faced a judge Wednesday morning at the Orange County Jail on a warrant issued after authorities say he successfully escaped a North Florida prison using forged documents.

Walker nodded silently during his initial appearance as Judge Jerry Brewer indicated the inmate would soon be back in Franklin Correctional Institution, the prison he was wrongly released from earlier this month.

By the afternoon, Walker and fellow convicted killer Joseph Jenkins had been transferred back into the state prison system.

The killer's court appearance resulted from a warrant issued by Orange CountyJudge Judge Deb Blechman last week, after authorities found out that Walker and Jenkins had been released from life sentences because of phony court orders.


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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating who created the phony documents and who helped Walker and Jenkins after they were released.

FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey told reporters Tuesday his agency had "uncovered key facts and targeted several suspects."

On Wednesday, a report surfaced that another inmate, Gerald Joe, in January tried use fabricated court documents to gain release from Franklin Correctional Institution, according to WKMG-Channel 6. An FDLE spokeswoman said the agency would look into the case.

Joe, 33, is serving a 30-year sentence for a 1999 Brevard County second-degree murder. He no longer is housed at the same prison.

Previously, the FDLE said seven inmates including Walker and Jenkins had tried to forge release documents, including one who was released from the Pinellas County Jail in October 2009 but was quickly caught and sent to Franklin Correctional Institution.

Walker and Jenkins, both 34, were captured at a motel in the Florida Panhandle Saturday and booked into the Orange County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

Since Jenkins did not have an Orange County warrant for escape, he did not appear before Brewer Wednesday.

Before they were recaptured, the men had visited the Orange County Jail to register as released convicts.

Orange-Osceola Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry on Tuesday ordered the men back to Florida Department of Corrections custody to resume their life sentences.

Walker was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1999 shooting of 23-year-old Cedric Slater. Jenkins was imprisoned for the 1998 first-degree murder of Roscoe Pugh, a 28-year-old father of six, during a home invasion.

Staff writer Susan Jacobson contributed to this report. jesullivan@tribune.com or @jerriannOS. jeweiner@tribune.com or 407-420-5171