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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

'Go Fish' Card Game In Prison Leads To Arrest In 2004 Homicide

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A prison card game dealt police the tip they needed to arrest a man for a 2004 murder, authorities said.

In July, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement gave nearly 93,000 state inmates playing cards which highlight 104 of the state's most troubling unsolved murder and missing persons cases.

On Friday, their game of Go Fish paid off when an inmate gave a tip about the murder of James Foote, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest in Fort Myers almost three years ago. Foote's picture and details of his murder were on one of the cards.

Derrick L. Hamilton, was arrested and charged with felony murder at his home, Fort Myers Police Sgt. Abdul Salaam said. Hamilton is being held without bond at Lee County Jail. It was not known if he had legal representation.

It was the first prison tip authorities have received since dealing the cards, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

"If one case is solved because of these paying cards it makes the entire initiative worthwhile," she said. "But we hope this is the first of many."

A second deck is already in the works, she said. Authorities are hoping to make enough so that every new inmate will receive one.

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