Escaped Fla. inmates appear for murder charge

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - Putnam County Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Greenwood says Doni Ray Brown and Timothy Wayne Fletcher went before a judge late Saturday night.

Greenwood said deputies wanted to conduct the hearing so the men
could be transferred to an undisclosed location and wouldn't need
to be immediately returned.

Brown, who is 23, and Welaka, who is 25, sparked a nationwide
alert. They got as far as Kentucky before being captured Saturday
back in Putnam County.

The two were previously jailed on other pending charges.

Greenwood says they worked together on an earlier robbery and were
mistakenly put in the same cell because of a records mixup.

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

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