A man is now charged with helping his brother's killer and another murderer escape from prison with bogus documents.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Thursday that Willie Slater Jr., 36, was part of the scheme that helped Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker walk out of a Panhandle prison using fake release orders.
It's all part of an investigation that turned up a whole rat's nest of problems in the Florida prison system, including: smuggled cellphones, using legal mail to manipulate the system and fraudulent documents.
"The text, the wording of the paperwork, was generated inside the prison," said Gerald Bailey, FDLE Commissioner. "They have a lot of resources at their fingertips there: computers, printers, legal mail. It was then fowarded outside the prison, where it was fine-tuned, and the finishing touches put on the document."
Walker was serving a life sentence for murdering Slater's brother. When asked why Slater would help the man who murdered his brother, FDLE special agent Danny Banks said Slater owed Jenkins a favor.
While both men were in prison, Jenkins said in an affidavit that he committed the burglary Slater was in prison for, and Slater was released.
FDLE also charged two other prisoners and a former prisoner with helping Jenkins and Walker escape.
Terrance Goodman, 37, is former prisoner and current resident of Panama City. He faces 1 count of harboring a fugitive and 2 counts conspiracy to commit escape.
Jeffrey Forbes, 30, is currently in the Florida State Prison and faces 1 count of escape, forgery, uttering a forgery and conspiracy to commit escape.
Nydeed Nashaddai, 48, is a current prisoner at the Suwannee Correctional Institution. Nashaddai faces 2 counts of conspiracy to commit escape and 2 counts principal to escape.
"FDLE investigators believe Nashaddai was the engineer of the scheme," said Bailey. "He was the first to use it before passing his knowledge onto his fellow inmates."
The investigation shows Nashaddai taught and assisted Jenkins and Forbes in their escape attempts and Jenkins' subsequent escape in Sept. 27, 2013. Jenkins forged release documents for Walker who escaped in Oct. 8, 2013.
Slater helped on the outside, ensuring that the forged documents were delivered to the Orange County Clerk's Office. Goodman, a friend of Jenkins, drove Jenkins and Walker to Panama City and rented a motel room.
One small piece of good news is that, so far, the investigation is not pointing to the Orange County Clerk's Office as part of this escape plot.
Some information taken from the Associated Press.