Escaped Fla. inmates appear for murder charge

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida inmates captured after escaping from jail and allegedly killing a woman have appeared in court on murder charges.

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.

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