FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Business resumed Monday at the Broward County Courthouse following Friday’s evacuation after the escape of accused killer Dayonte Resiles.
Courtroom 4810 where Resiles was sitting when he bolted out the door was open again for hearings and Judge Raag Singhal was on the bench.
There is an investigation underway into how Resiles planned and executed his escape.
“The real issue is how did he get out of the handcuffs,” said attorney and courthouse blogger Bill Gelin.
Gelin had been in the courtroom before the escape and went back to the fourth floor afterwards to snap a photo of Resiles’ jail jumpsuit and cuffs on the hallway floor.
“I think this is scary. A bunch of teenagers humiliated the entire system,” said Gelin.
Unlike other courthouses around the state Broward doesn’t have armed BSO deputies in criminal courtrooms at all times.
Sheriff Scott Israel wants to change that and on Friday complained that county commissioners haven’t given him the money necessary.
But some commissioners are firing back.
“He doesn’t have a money problem he has a priority problem,” said County Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
LaMarca says the sheriff is getting a hundred million more dollars to spend since he took office and says his criticism is misplaced.
Late Monday the Sheriff announced that there would be changes going forward.
BSO Media Relations issued this statement:
“After evaluating and debriefing the escape of Dayonte Resiles, Sheriff Israel has directed a change in the transport 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. Though this change requires significant logistical coordination, the sheriff is confident that this policy change will make the courthouse safer and lessen the chance of inmate escape.”