By Calvin Palmer
Five guards at a high-security prison in Arkansas were placed on leave today following the escape of two convicted killers.
Jeffrey Grinder, 32, and Calvin Adams, 39, walked out of Cummins Unit, in Grady, on Friday, wearing prison guard uniforms that are made at the prison.
The five correction officers have been placed on leave while the escape is investigated, Correction Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler said.
She would not name the five officers but said they had been guarding the entry and exit points of the prison.
Grinder and Adams, both serving life without parole for capital murder, have been seen in Missouri and later in Michigan, where one of them has relatives.
Gov Mike Beebe called the escape “inexcusable” and said he was waiting on the department’s investigation into how it occurred.
“We don’t know whether it was a breakdown at the gate where they left, we don’t know if it’s a breakdown with whoever was watching the cameras, we don’t know whether it was a breakdown within the library. We don’t know how much of it was inside in terms of cooperation,” Beebe said.
Video surveillance shows the men put on the uniforms in the prison library after a 6:00 p.m. headcount and walked out of the prison unchallenged during a shift change soon afterward, Tyler said. They were discovered missing at the 10:00 p.m. head count.
Grinder and Adams drove away in a car that was left for them. Authorities are trying to find out who left the car.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]