Runaway inmate Casey Cole White is charged with felony murder in connection with the death of guard Vicky White who died from a head shot, 11 days after she masterminded his Alabama prison break
Alabama inmate Casey Cole White is charged with felony murder in connection with death of Sr. prison guard Vicky White
Pair spent 11 days on run after Alabama prison break before police chase that ended with a bullet in her head
Casey White, 38, has been charged with the murder of Vicky White who he planned his escape with
The convicted felon has been charged with escaping the prison as well as the murder of Vicky, White, 56, Assistant Director Of Corrections in Lauderdale County
The indictment states that he ’caused the death of Vicky White,’ but he’s not accused of being the shooter
When they were arrested in Indiana the fugitives were carrying $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle was released by law enforcement
Casey White had been serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other offenses
He was also awaiting trial at the Florence prison for killing Connie Ridgeway, during a 2015 burglary
He faces a possible death sentence if convicted
Alabama inmate Casey White has been charged with the murder of his corrections officer lover Vicky White after she helped him escape prison. Casey White, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of a 2015 murder, had additional charges of fleeing added to his rap sheet as well as the murder charge.
The pair went on the run for 11 days before their flight ended with one dead and the other apprehended.
The prisoner, 38-year-old career criminal Casey Cole White, a giant of a man at 6ft 9 prisoner and senior guard 56-year-old Vicky White, an assistant director with the Lauderdale County corrections system, executed a well-planned break out from a Florence, Alabama, jail after she staged a non-existent mental health evaluation for the convict, on April 29.
The fugitive pair then swapped vehicles and deployed disguises as they fled across three states.
The pair were on the run for 11 days when Vicky White was shot dead after a police chase in Evansville, Indiana.
One issue is whether Vicky White’s was suicide or homicide. Authorities said at the time that she shot herself in the head. Casey was immediately arrested after the chase on May 9.
On Thursday, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly announced that Casey Cole White has been indicted for murder. However the indictment does not state that he shot Vicky in the head.
The indictment states that the prisoner has been charged with first-degree escape ‘and in the course and furtherance of committing escape in the first degree, caused the death of Vicky White, who died from a gunshot wound to the head.’
Sr. prison guard Vicky White helps prisoner Casey White escape jail in Lauderdale County on April 29
On May 9, Vicky White and Casey Cole white were traveling in the same car when cops in Evansville started to pursue the pair.
Vicky spoke to 911 dispatchers in the moments before her death, and could be heard saying: ‘Airbags are going off. Let’s get out and run.’
Officers then arrived at the scene, stating that she was still breathing, but in audio released by Indiana authorities the dispatcher claims they could hear her say ‘she had her finger on the trigger.’
In the initial confusion, they believed that Casey White had shot himself, and then requested a negotiator, before a second voice says that one is not needed.
Police later released dashboard and body camera footage showing the dramatic moment the giant figure of Casey White was taken into custody and Vicky White was dragged dying from their car.
Initial reports stated that Vicky pulled the trigger after the pair were run off the road by police.
Footage shows Casey being dragged out of the crumpled car by his hands, as officers kneel on him to handcuff him.
His denim shirt is ripped, but he appears otherwise unharmed, with his black sunglasses still on his face.
As police approach the car, one officer says: ‘We need to clear some of this s***’ to get to her.’
Another officer, kneeling by the overturned car, says: ‘She’s still got the gun in her hand.’
One adds: ‘She’s still breathing. I can see her chest rising. Finger still on the trigger. She could pull that trigger again.’
A third video released by the police showed them searching a Ford truck, which the couple abandoned before switching to their Cadillac. An officer searching the vehicle says: ‘There’s no paperwork. A little bit of trash and a charger and a Glock magazine loader.’
A cop at the scene said the fugitives were carrying $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle and were prepared for a shootout when they were captured.
At the time of the breakout Casey Cole White he had been serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other offenses, but he was also awaiting trial at the Florence prison for reportedly stabbing Connie Ridgeway, 58, to death during a 2015 burglary.
Before recanting, he’d initially confessed the crime, claiming he was paid to commit the heinous act.
He could be facing the death penalty, if convicted.
Authorities are trying to piece together what happened during the 11 days the pair were on the run.
The inmate and Vicky White appeared to have had a ‘jailhouse romance,’ according to Alabama authorities.
As for her role in the escape, the sheriff said: ‘He was not forcing her. It was a mutual relationship.’ Investigators believe the two Whites spent about six days holed up at a motel in Evansville after arriving on May 3, and discovered a variety of wigs as a way to disguise themselves.
Dave Wedding, sheriff of Vandenburgh County, said investigators do not believe the two had relatives or other contacts in the city of 120,000.
The law closed in on them after the manager of a car wash reported that a man closely resembling the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Casey White had been recorded by a surveillance camera getting out of a pickup truck.
Investigators said they located the pickup, then learned that the pair may have switched to a Cadillac, which was then spotted outside a motel nearby.
Paul Shaw, manager of Motel 41 where the pair lodged said: ‘They stayed in a room not in their name. Somebody else rented the room and checked them in.
‘A local man with a local ID checked in and signed the stub. I never saw them – I wish I had – but they stayed in the room.
‘People come and go here, we don’t keep track.’
Rooms at the motel are all accessed independently by exterior doors, meaning guests do not need to walkthrough the small reception area except to use the vending machine or to check in.
Shaw, an electrical engineer by trade, said that he works the morning shift and never saw White or Vicky.
When the couple left the motel, police chased them down, with Casey telling investigators after his capture that ‘he was probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives.’
Casey Cole White, back in custody, appeared by video in May in an Indiana courtroom, where he waived extradition, before being sent back to Alabama.
Vicky, assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County jail, had put in for retirement ahead of the escape, and the day of the breakout, April 29, was her last day of work.
A warrant was issued on May 2 for Vicky White charging her with permitting or facilitating escape.
Authorities said the plan appeared to have been in the works for some time.
She sold her house for about half its market value and bought an SUV that she stashed at a shopping center without license plates.
Asked where the bulk of the money had gone, Sheriff Wedding said: ‘They spent it. They spent it on multiple vehicles, equipment, a gun, hotel, meals, clothes.
‘$60,000 can go pretty quick if you’re spending $6,000 a pop.’
Vicky used some of the cash and an alias to purchase the bronze 2007 Ford Edge in which they initially fled before abandoning it on a rural road in Tennessee about two hours north of the Florence, Alabama, jail from which White was sprung.
According to US Marshalls the couple then spent $6,000 on a Ford F-150 which was spotted parked at an odd angle at an Evansville carwash where White was also pictured on surveillance footage.
US Marshals believe the pair purchased another vehicle.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton has said Vicky White was the ‘mastermind’ of their logistical escape plan – but it’s unclear who came up with the idea to get Casey out.
He said: ‘To go from day one, thinking she’s been kidnapped and maybe in danger then finding out she took him out willingly, then trying to determine was she threatened or coerced in some way…then finding out that she was basically the mastermind behind the whole plan.
‘It’s been an emotional roller-coaster. Obviously, he was behind bars – he couldn’t have planned too much behind bars.
‘Personally, I think she was the one who put the plan together.
‘She was in a position of knowledge. She made sure the other armed deputies were out, she arranged to purchase the getaway car, she sold her house got her hands on cash, went shopping,’ Singleton said.
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