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Florida Fugitives Charged With Murder

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - Two escaped jail inmates were charged with
murder during an emergency hearing hours after they were captured
as part of a dayslong manhunt spanning several states, authorities
said Sunday.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office wanted to send Doni Ray
Brown, 23, and Timothy Wayne Fletcher, 25, to an undisclosed
facility out of the area immediately after their Saturday arrest.
The two made a first appearance late Saturday before Seventh
Circuit Judge Edward E. Hedstrom, Lt. Johnny Greenwood said.
They did not yet have attorneys, Greenwood said.
The men had been missing since escaping the Putnam County Jail
early Wednesday morning. Within hours, authorities say, they had
stolen two vehicles and killed Fletcher's 66-year-old
step-grandmother, Helen Googe, who owned one of the cars.
Greenwood said the men, alleged accomplices on a previous armed
robbery, were accidentally placed in the same cell because of a
jail records mistake. Fletcher made bail on the robbery, but was
soon returned to jail for several counts of failure to appear on an
aggravated assault charge. Brown was still being held for the
robbery, and the two were reunited.
The cellmates escaped by ripping out a sink and toilet
combination from the wall with a jack Fletcher apparently stole
from a county van during a previous court appearance. They crawled
through the hole in the wall, dug under a fence and got through a
second barrier.
The two still face the earlier pending charges, and more are
possible after an alleged crime spree that stretched up to
Kentucky. A nationwide alert was issued after the car stolen from
Googe was found there. The men are also accused of stealing a
vehicle in Tennessee before returning to Florida.
Investigators found Brown and Fletcher after getting a tip the
men were back in town.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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