Everything we know about a dead Alabama prison guard and a murder suspect


Alabama prison guard Vicky White died of a single gunshot wound to the head within hours of police arrest along with inmate Casey White, who fled Indiana state.

The nationwide chase ended dramatically when 38-year-old Casey White surrendered and 56-year-old Vicky White was taken to hospital. She was eventually killed when she was finally pursued after 10 days of escaping.

The two men, who escaped from Lauderdale County Jail without a trace, were paid a total of $15,000 for information, arrested the two and issued a warning to the public of a “serious threat”.

U.S. Army sheriffs finally arrested the two on Monday after receiving information about the Indiana location late Sunday night, officials said.

When the officers arrived at the motel where the two were staying, they saw the fugitives leaving in Cadillacs.

The chase began briefly before the police could ditch the couple’s car.

A gunshot was heard as the police approached the vehicle.

Mr. White was found with a gunshot wound to the head. She was taken to Evansville Deaconess Midtown Hospital, where she later died.

The coroner later ruled her death a suicide.

Here’s what we know about this case so far:

prison escape

The two, sharing the same last name but not related by blood, began their runaway time on April 29 after White said he was taking the inmate for a mental health assessment to check him out in prison.

She said she was not feeling well and would leave the prisoner for treatment after dropping him off to court.

According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, authorities later found that no evaluation or court hearing had been scheduled for the inmate, and that Mr. White had not been able to get to where he was supposed to be treated.

The sheriff said White’s 2013 Ford Taurus patrol car was found abandoned in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center around 11 a.m.

However, the alarm went off a few hours later, around 3:30 PM, and Ms. White’s colleagues became concerned that she would not return and could not be reached by phone.

Investigators have since learned from inmates at Lauderdale County Jail and other sources that the couple had enjoyed a romance in prison for the past two years.

Mr. White recently sold his home and applied for retirement a few days before the couple disappeared.

Suspect The suspect extends his hand under his tattooed right arm.

(Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office)

Miss White’s mother said her daughter had sold the house and moved in, but did not comment on her retirement plans.

She took $90,000 in cash from the sale and used some to purchase the couple’s first getaway, a 2007 Ford Edge.

She also stockpiled firearms, bought menswear, and visited sex shops, according to the US Marshals.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant to arrest Mr. White on charges of “allowing or facilitating first degree escape.”

Just hours before her arrest, she was charged with second degree forgery and identity theft.

Officials believed White was armed with a 9mm pistol from a prison guard and urged the public to stay away from “very dangerous” defectors and call 911 for sightings.

running time

Abandoning the patrol car, the two switched to a Ford Edge close to the shopping center.

However, they abandoned their vehicle in rural Tennessee just hours later.

The Ford Edge was discovered later on April 29, but was not immediately linked to the fugitive and was taken to a tow location.

The couple used the cash to purchase a Ford F-150 pickup truck from a man in Tennessee, drove to Evansville, dumped the car at a local car wash, and switched to a third and finally later involved Cadillac. in a police chase.

On May 3, the couple paid the homeless man for 14 nights at Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana.

Vanderburg County Sheriff Dave Wedding said the whites were “just looking for a place to hide.”

how the capture unfolded

The mesh was closed after White was caught on surveillance video at a car wash in Evansville on Tuesday. One of the getaway vehicles was also abandoned.

However, according to the car wash owner, authorities did not act upon reports of the vehicle for almost a week, during which the fugitives were locked in a motel opposite the local sheriff’s office.

Evansville Police Department shared footage of the aftermath of the car crash, showing White being arrested and pulled out of the car with a gun in hand.

Dashcam footage shows a patrol car running down a grassy bank. There, the couple’s Cadillac was rushed off the road by police after a brief chase.

A group of police officers are already at the scene and are witnessed pulling a 6-foot-nine-tall fugitive out of a car and anchoring him to the ground.

Dashcam footage shows Casey White being arrested.

(Evansville Police Department)

White is handcuffed and kept there for a while before police officers pull him to his feet.

Wearing black trousers, a white T-shirt, a blue shirt with an open top and black sunglasses, the 38-year-old man is looking back towards the car where his lover is trapped.

The Cadillac has been turned sideways in a roadside ditch where other officers have gathered around it, and there is no sign of Mr. White.

A separate bodycam video shows Miss White’s legs drooping in a car with a gun in her hand.

White told the police, “You help my wife. She shot her in the head and I didn’t.” Despite his use of the term “wife,” authorities say they are not married.

A few seconds before even the voice of a 911 call from the police during the chase, White could be heard saying, “Get out and run.”

After being arrested, White told officers that the couple planned to launch a shootout with law enforcement.

The car was full of firearms, along with $29,000 worth of cash and colorful wigs in disguise.

What we know about Vicky White

Ms White, 56, has spent her life in the close community of Lauderdale County and was assigned a role in 2006 when she applied for a job with local law enforcement.

Over the next 17 years, she was promoted to the position of deputy director of the Lauderdale County Jail and earned the respect of her colleagues.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly, who has worked closely with her for the past 17 years, said: independent She was a “solid employee”.

Alabama Prison Management Vicki White

(Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office)

“She wasn’t very talkative, but she was professional at her job and did a good job. She was so respected and trusted,” she said.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton also described her as a “Excellent Employee”, winning the “Employee of the Year” award five times in the past eight years.

Mr. White was due to attend this year’s awards ceremony this week, but has now been put on hold.

She was married once to a man named Tommy White. The childless couple divorced in 2006, about five years later, due to Tommy’s problems with alcohol and drug addiction.

But, said Tommy’s mother Frances White. independent White maintained a close relationship with her and her son long after their divorce.

She said she had been friends with her ex-spouse until she died at the age of 62 from Parkinson’s disease in January, three months before she was released from prison.

What we know about Casey White

The 38-year-old inmate has a long rap sheet that dates back 20 years when his mother was arrested in 2006 for a domestic violence case involving her.

Four years later, in 2010, he pleaded guilty to attacking a male relative with an ax and hilt and was sentenced to six years in prison.

At the time of his escape, he was sentenced to 75 years in prison for attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend in 2015.

That same year, he was also charged with the murder of the mother of two 58-year-olds for cash.

Escaped inmate Casey White arrives at the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Florence, Alabama on Tuesday night.

(AP)

Connie Ridgeway was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama on October 23, 2015.

The case remained unsolved for five years, until White wrote a letter of confession to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, and was charged with two murders.

He was awaiting trial on murder charges when he fled with Mr. White.

During their ten days as a couple, officials warned that White was considered armed and dangerous.

Officials said he had previously attempted to escape in 2020, but his conspiracy was thwarted.

Alabama officials reopened an investigation into the 2008 shooting of another girlfriend, which was then determined to be a suicide.

what now?

White is held in Alabama’s high-security prison after giving up her extradition rights on Tuesday.

He appeared in Lauderdale County Court on Tuesday night and was charged with first degree flight.

DA Connolly said in an interview with The Independent that he could face additional charges during his prison break and that he did not rule out the possibility of raising charges related to Mr. White’s death.

White’s trial for the murder of Mr. Ridgeway is due to begin in June.

If convicted, he is put to death.

White’s funeral will take place on Saturday in Lexington, Alabama, with former colleagues attending as well.

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