Walker was at church last Sunday. His mother said they have been cooperating with authorities and made no attempts to hide him.
Before their capture, family members pleaded with the men to turn themselves in.
“We love you. We believe in you. We just want you to surrender yourself to someone you trust who will bring you back here safely. We don’t want any harm to come to you,” Danzy said.
The Orange County sheriff said Friday night that authorities believed the men were still in the central Florida area. It’s not clear how long they had been in Panama City, which is about 350 miles from Orlando.
Jenkins was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1998 killing and botched robbery of Roscoe Pugh, an Orlando man. It was Pugh’s family that contacted the prosecutor’s office earlier this week and told them Jenkins had been released, setting off a manhunt.
The prosecutor’s office also discovered Walker had been mistakenly released. Walker was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1999 Orange County slaying of 23-year-old Cedric Slater.
There are still questions about who created the legitimate-looking documents that exposed gaps in Florida’s judicial system.
In light of the errors, the Corrections Department changed the way it verifies early releases and state legislators promised to hold investigative hearings.
The Corrections Department said on Friday it verified the early release by checking the Orange County Clerk of Court’s website and calling them.
Corrections Secretary Michael Crews sent a letter to judges saying prison officials will now verify with judges — and not just court clerks — before releasing prisoners early.
The state Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Corrections are investigating the error, but so far have not released any details.
(AP PHOTO: Lillie Danzy, front left, mother of escaped inmate Charles Walker, with her husband Jeff Danzy, second from left, and family supporters and members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office listen as Henry Pearson, center, uncle of escaped inmate Joseph Jenkins, makes a plea for his nephew to turn himself in to authorities.)