FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
September 8, 2014
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Office of the State Attorney has completed its review of the facts and circumstances leading up to and immediately following the explosion at the Escambia County Jail. This review follows an extensive and comprehensive investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Office of the State Attorney. Based on this review, it has been determined that this matter should be presented to the Escambia County Grand Jury for their consideration.
The Grand Jury will begin their consideration of this matter on September 30, 2014 and will continue until such time as they complete their review. As part of their review, the Grand Jury will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that any crime was committed. The Grand Jury may also consider any other issues surrounding the jail explosion as they deem appropriate. Because of the confidential nature of Grand Jury proceedings, no additional facts may be released at this time.
For further information regarding this process, please contact State Attorney Bill Eddins at (850) 595-4761.