Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Special Prosecutor Request On Henderson Case

State Attorney Steve Russell on Monday, January 3rd, 2005, requested the
Governor's Office assign another State Attorney to handle the James
Henderson case. This includes any alleged criminal activity Henderson might
have been involved in, since his alleged escape from the Hendry County Jail
on Thursday, December 30, 2004. The request was made to avoid any
appearance of impropriety, as Henderson's mother is employed by the State
Attorney's Office.

At the time of the alleged escape and the murder of Daniel Woosley in
LaBelle, Russell also requested that the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement work with the Hendry County Sheriff's office on the
investigation. Until such time as the Governor appoints a Special
Prosecutor to handle the proceedings, a Ft. Myers prosecutor is assisting
on legal matters, as necessary.

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