From: The Tampa Tribune
Published: October 22, 2007
FORT MYERS – A prison card game dealt police the tip they needed to arrest a man in a killing that occurred nearly three years ago, authorities said Saturday.
In July, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement gave nearly 93,000 state inmates playing cards that highlight 104 of the state’s unsolved homicide and missing-person cases.
On Friday, police arrested Derrick L. Hamilton after an inmate tipped them off about the November 2004 killing of James Foote, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest in a Fort Myers parking lot. Foote’s picture and the details of his death were featured on a card.
An inmate at a Lake City prison told authorities Hamilton had bragged about killing Foote, WINK-TV in Fort Myers reported.
Hamilton was charged with murder, Fort Myers police Sgt. Abdul Salaam said. He was being held without bail at Lee County Jail.
Police have received other tips since the cards were handed out, but this is the first to lead to an arrest, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.
‘If one case is solved because of these playing cards, it makes the entire initiative worthwhile,’ she said. ‘But we hope this is the first of many.’
A second deck is planned, and authorities hope to make enough for each new inmate to receive one.
7 of Clubs = Arrest
It looks like a deck of playing cards featuring unsolved homicides and missing persons has paid off in Florida. The cards prompted a tip which led to the arrest of a suspect in the case of James Foote.
Let’s hope that efforts to get the playing cards introduced to Quebec’s prison population will meet with a similar success.