The escape of a murder suspect from the Broward County Courthouse last week has already sparked changes in how maximum security inmates are handled for hearings.
On Monday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel announced that after evaluating the escape of Dayonte Resiles — who still remained at-large Monday night — he “directed a change in the movement of maximum security inmates.”
"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,” he 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 9:30 a.m. hearing Friday in a fourth-floor courtroom on whether the death penalty would be on the table if he were convicted. Before the hearing, Resiles slid out of his shackles and managed to exit out a back door of the courthouse.
On Sunday, BSO announced the arrest of 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. Resiles’ escape was coordinated through phone calls and jail visitations with Stern and Russell. 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.
But 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.
Miami Herald Staff Writer David J. Neal contributed to this report.