Broward County

After murder suspect escapes, BSO changes how it handles inmates in court

Manhunt continues for escaped murder suspect, Broward sheriff says

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel provides an update on the manhunt for inmate escapee and murder suspect Dayonte Resiles, July 16, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale. Israel says Resiles remains on the loose and is armed and dangerous.
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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel provides an update on the manhunt for inmate escapee and murder suspect Dayonte Resiles, July 16, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale. Israel says Resiles remains on the loose and is armed and dangerous.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel announced Monday that after evaluating the case of Dayonte Resiles — the murder suspect who escaped from the Broward County Courthouse on Friday morning and remained at large Monday night — BSO would change how certain inmates would be handled.

“Effective immediately, when a maximum security inmate is moved for any appearance in court, the detention deputy will remain with the inmate and will only release custody once an armed deputy is present,” Israel said in a statement.

Resiles, 21, who is charged with the 2014 murder of Jill Halliburton Su in her Davie home, was at the Broward County Courthouse for a hearing Friday morning on whether the death penalty would be applied if he were convicted. Before the hearing, Resiles slid out of his shackles and jumpsuit and bolted out a back door of the courthouse.

On Sunday, BSO said it arrested four people, who detectives say helped Resiles escape. Winston Russell Jr., 22, LaQuay Stern, 18, and twins Kretron and Tre ‘Von Barnes, 17, are each facing charges of escape and accessory after the fact of a first-degree felony.

BSO said Resiles’ escape was the result of days of planning with Stern and Russell, a hand signal and a cough into a phone. According to BSO, the brothers coughed into a phone to let Russell know that Resiles was on the way. On Monday, a judge denied all four bond, according to NBC6.

After Resiles’ escape, Israel blamed the county for being understaffed. Resiles was handed over to the unarmed bailiffs at the courthouse, as was procedure.

Israel said the change has to be made.

“Though this change requires significant logistical coordination, I am confident this change will make the courthouse safer and lessen the chance of inmate escape,” he said in his statement.

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