All three escaped Wakulla County inmates in custody

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 8, 2018

Joel Cooper, Donald Cotterman and Casey Martina Brandon.

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says all three inmates who escaped from the Wakulla County Jail on November 17, 2017 have now been captured.

A nationwide search was launched after inmates Joel Teraill Cooper, Donald James Cotterman, and Casey Brandon Martina escaped from the Wakulla County Jail through the ceiling of the jail's Law Library.

On November 21, Casey Brandon Martina was apprehended as he slept in a residence in Rockwell, North Carolina. He is currently being held in the Wakulla County Jail.

The remaining two escapees were then believed to be connected to an ATM heist in North Carolina.

Following an extensive investigation, on March 2, Joel Teraill Cooper was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department as he exited a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office was notified.

Investigators says they did not publicize Cooper's arrest in order to follow-up on investigative leads resulting from his capture. Deputies say they did not want fellow escapee Donald James Cotterman catching wind of the arrest through social media.

On March 7, a CID Detective and a State Attorney Investigator flew to Phoenix to interview Cooper and follow up on the investigation. WCSO says Cooper has waived extradition and will be returned to the Wakulla County Jail at a future date.

Later the same day, Cotterman was located and arrested in a hotel room in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by the United States Marshals Service. He was subsequently booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and will also be returned to the Wakulla County Jail.

Authorities say the investigation remains active and no additional information being provided at this time on the events that transpired following the inmates' escape.

WCSO says additional details will be made public once the case is fully solved and closed.

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