The scheduled court date for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante was pushed back to Wednesday. This will delay his next appearance by nearly two months.
According to court documents in Chester County, Pennsylvania’s, Cavalcante’s preliminary hearing originally scheduled for September 29 has been moved back to November 17 at 12 noon. The order to reschedule was signed by Magistrate district judge Matthew Seavey on Tuesday.
The convicted killer made headlines across the country after escaping from a Pennsylvania prison last month and evading arrest for two weeks.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection The Special Response Team of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operation and BORTAC, an elite Border Patrol Unit based in El Paso Texas that is highly skilled in apprehension played a crucial role in capturing Cavalcante. He fled Brazil in 2018, a few month after allegedly shooting a debtor to death.
Cavalcante was waiting to be transferred to a state facility to serve his life sentence in 2021 for fatally stabbing Deborah Brandao in front of her kids. Cavalcante, who is allegedly in the U.S. illegally, was awaiting transfer to a state prison for a life sentence for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandao 38 times in front of her children in 2021.
After his capture, he was charged with escaping. He remains in a state prison near Philadelphia until his next court appearance.
Cavalcante’s capture came after a two week manhunt, which left residents in a state of anxiety and caused school closings at the beginning of the new academic year. Homeowners were warned to lock their doors during the Labor Day holiday weekend and to block roads. The Chester County Jail Board unanimously approved last week plans for the full enclosure of the exercise yards in Pocopson (southwest of Philadelphia), where Cavalcante had escaped. The project could cost between $2.5 and $3.5 million, with a completion time of up to nine months.
TranSystems is a Kansas City-based engineering and designing company that was hired to redesign the enclosures. The new enclosures are a “permanent” solution to the security flaws Cavalcante exploited, by crab-walking between two walls topped with razor-wire and then jumping off the roof.
The plan also calls for the replacement of fencing with 18-foot high masonry walls and the removal shed roofs which inmates can climb. Basketball hoops are also to be removed from the plan. The design blocks sunlight from overhead into the yard except for a narrow ribbon of windows with secure screens at the top.
The company claims that an LED lighting system will simulate daylight. TranSystem says the design will block escape attempts as well as contraband deliveries by drones and other remote devices. The board also approved the jail’s acting warden’s proposal for additional security upgrades, including the installation at least fifty new cameras and the hire of eight extra guards. According to The Associated Press, funding will come from remaining federal pandemic aid funds for the county.
The bright colors of the inmate uniforms will make it easier to identify an escape attempt.
According to state records, there have been three escapes from Chester County jails since 2015 — including Cavalcante.
Fox News reported that Cavalcante stole a.22 caliber rifle, complete with mounted scope, from an open garage while he was on the run.
CBS News reported that Chester County Commissioners held their third town hall Monday for residents who have been on edge since Cavalcante’s daring escape.
The town hall was held at Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Pottstown in Pennsylvania. Although cameras and recording devices were reportedly not allowed, Chester County Department of Emergency Services went over the emergency 911 notification systems in detail with residents who had concerns. After the meeting, CBS News reported that Chester County Prison acting Warden Howard Holland said: “It is important to us to spread the word because we found out not everyone received the information they expected.”
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.