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Capital murder suspect Casey White is likely to face new charges following his prison break, according to the DA prosecuting his case.
In the aftermath of his 10-day evasion — made possible with the help of correctional officer Vicky White, who died by suicide during a police chase — more details have emerged about how the couple managed to stay under the radar for more than week.
Dramatic police footage captured the moment a nationwide manhunt ended in Indiana earlier this week after White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence for attempted murder, was apprehended and his 56-year-old lover Ms White’s body was pulled from a wrecked vehicle. She died from what a coroner ruled to be a self-inflicted shooting wound.
A chilling 911 call released following the crash revealed Ms White telling the capital murder suspect: “Let’s get out and run”. She also appeared to blame White for wanting to stay “at a f****** motel” moments before their crash.
An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face mounting questions over how the fugitives evaded capture for over a week.
Brother of murdered police officer describes Vicky White as ‘like a mom to me’
The brother of a murdered police officer has described Vicky White as “like a mom to me” and told people that she was not the person that many believe her to be based on the events of the last few weeks.
Billy Risner is the brother of Sheffield Sgt. Nick Risner who was shot dead in Alabama last year.
Mr Risner paid tribute to Ms White in an emotional Facebook post calling her an “amazing woman” who was there for him after his brother’s death.
“Those of you that did not have the pleasure of knowing this amazing woman I don’t expect you to understand the hurt we feel. Only thing you know is what you have seen on the news,” he wrote.
“Back in October when my brother was shot she called me before I even made it to the hospital. She offered to carry us to Huntsville and to sit with us. She was there for me without me having to ask her to be.
“When I seen that she was missing and nobody had a clue what had happened I put my gear on and I offered my time to help hunt for her. After we figured out what had happened I didn’t give up on her.
“I sent her a text telling her that we really wanted her to just let someone know she was ok. I hope she at least read it because when she was at her worse I wanted her to know that I was still here for her. Vicky was like a mom to me and everyone else she mentored and I’m going to miss her so bad!”
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 22:30
Jailhouse phone calls reveal relationship between inmate and prison guard
Recorded jailhouse phone calls between Vicky White and Casey White help prove the prison guard was having a relationship with the Alabama inmate before the two went on the run, according to police.
“You think you know someone,” Lauderdale County sheriff, Rick Singleton, whose office oversees the Lauderdale County correctional center where the couple made their daring escape, told The Guardian. “And it turns out you really don’t know them at all.”
Correctional officer Vicky White met Casey White in 2020 at the Lauderdale County Correctional Facility, and kept in touch when he was transferred temporarily to state prison, before returning.
Once the pair went missing in late April, police spoke with detainees who said the two had been in a romantic relationship, a fact confirmed by recordings of calls made between the two, Mr Singleton said.
It is not clear when the phone calls came to light or when police and jail officials became aware the two were having a relationship.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 21:56
Casey White’s long criminal past
Casey White has a long rap sheet going back two decades long before he broke out of prison with his lover Vicky White and went on the run.
In 2006, when he was arrested over a domestic violence incident involving his own mother.
Four years later in 2010, he pleaded guilty to attacking a male relative with an ax handle and was sentenced to six years in prison.
At the time of his prison escape last month, he was serving a 75-year sentence for a 2015 crime spree where he tried to murder his ex-girlfriend, held victims at gunpoint and shot a dog dead.
He is also due to stand trial in June for the 2015 capital murder of a 58-year-old mother-of-two who was found stabbed to death in her apartment.
Officials in Alabama are now also taking a fresh look at the 2008 shooting death of another girlfriend, which was – at the time – ruled a suicide.
Read the full story here:
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 21:05
Vicky White remembered as a ‘solid employee’
Vicky White has been remembered as a “solid employee” by people who knew her during her 17-year career in the local jail.
Ms White, 56, spent her whole life in the close-knit community of Lauderdale County and fell into a job in local law enforcement in 2006 when a role came up and she applied.
For the next 17 years, she rose up the ranks to become assistant director for the Lauderdale County Detention Center and was looked up to by her colleagues.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly, who worked closely with her for the last 17 years, told The Independent that she was quit but professional at work.
“She wasn’t a big talker but she was professional in her job and did it well. That’s why she was so well respected and trusted,” he said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton also described her as an “exemplary employee” who had won the “employee of the year” award five times over the last eight years.
Ms White was due to be honoured in this year’s ceremony this week but it has now been put on hold.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 20:27
What happens next?
Casey White is now back behind bars at a high security prison in Alabama after he waived his right to extradition last Tuesday.
He appeared in Lauderdale County court that night where he was charged with escape in the first degree.
Lauderdale County DA Chris Connolly told The Independent that he could face additional charges over the prison break and did not rule out bringing charges against him over Ms White’s death.
White’s trial for the capital murder of Ms Ridgeway is scheduled to begin in June.
If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 20:20
Son of Casey White’s alleged victim launch GoFundMe for car wash owner
The son of one of Casey White’s alleged victims has launched a GoFundMe to raise money for the car wash owner who helped track down the escaped fugitive and his jail guard lover.
Austin Williams, whose mother Connie Ridgeway was allegedly stabbed to death by White back in 2015, set up the campaign for James Stinson and have so far raised over $3,600 in donations.
“We’re not waiting around to see if Mr. Stinson receives reward money elsewhere,” reads the GoFundMe page.
“We’re going to do it right here, right now.”
Mr Stinson found the White’s pickup truck abandoned at his business back on 3 May and reported it to police.
The sighting ultimately led to the capture of the couple and calls have been growing for him to be given the reward money offered by authorities for information leading to their capture.
White is currently awaiting trial for the 2015 stabbing murder of 58-year-old mother-of-two Ms Ridgeway.
Ms Ridgeway was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama, on 23 October 2015.
The case went unsolved for five years until White sent a letter to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confessing to the crime.
During a subsequent interview with authorities, he allegedly gave details about the crime that had not been made public and which only the killer could have known.
Prosecutors say he was paid to carry out the hit on his victim. He was charged in 2020 with two counts of capital murder.
After confessing to the murder, he initially pleaded guilty before changing his plea to not guilty by reason of mental illness.
His trial is slated to begin in June and, if convicted, he faces the death penalty.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 19:35
Case reopened into mystery death of Casey White’s ex-girlfriend
The case has been reopened into the mysterious death of Casey White’s former girlfriend in the aftermath of the dramatic prison escape and death of Vicky White.
Back on 1 February 2008, White’s then-girlfriend Christy Shelton was shot in the chest by a sawed-off shotgun inside an Alabama home belonging to White’s mother.
Ms Shelton, 31, died on the scene.
White was in the home with her at the time of the shooting but was ruled out as a suspect.
At the time, officials ruled the 31-year-old’s death as a suicide and the case was closed.
But Ms Shelton’s family has always doubted that version of events, with her daughter Somer Mitchell telling News 19 that “nothing was really done” to investigate her death at the time.
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said it was reopening the investigation into her death.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 18:50
Series of missed opportunities enabled fugitives to stay on run for 10 days
For 10 days, an inmate accused of capital murder and a female corrections officer with a previously unblemished record managed to dip under the radar of multiple law enforcement teams.
Armed with a trove of firearms, around $90,000 in cash and various coloured wigs as disguises, Casey Cole White and Vicky White travelled across at least four US states and switched getaway vehicles at least four times.
The couple, who are believed to have been in a romantic relationship for around two years, had finally been tracked down to a motel in Evansville, Indiana, last Monday.
The net closed in on the couple after surveillance footage captured White at a car wash in Evansville days earlier – where one of the getaway vehicles was also abandoned.
But, according to the car wash owner, authorities failed to act on his tip about the vehicle for almost a week all the while the fugitives were holed up in a motel opposite the local sheriff’s office.
Law enforcement officials were one step behind the fugitives from the get-go with a six-hour gap before they were even noticed missing and a getaway car taking a week to identify.
It seems there was a series of missed opportunities that enabled the corrections officer and the inmate to slip through the net for 10 days.
The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 18:17
ICYMI: Chilling audio captures Vicky White’s final words
The audio, released on Tuesday night, reveals the 56-year-old’s last words she said to Casey Cole White, the 38-year-old convict who she allegedly helped break out of jail and went on the run with for 10 days.
“The airbags are going to go off and kill us,” she cries in the audio, sounding panicked.
“Airbags are going off. Let’s get out and run,” she says.
Listen to the audio here:
Vicky White calls 911 during police chase
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 17:00
Casey White claimed he was also shot in the head
Casey White claimed that he was also shot in the head when he was pulled from the car wreck where his jailhouse lover Vicky White lay dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a police report.
Several law enforcement officers on the scene of Monday’s capture filed supplemental reports with Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office about the capture of the fugitives.
In one report, Evansville Police Officer Sam Shahine says that when White was taken into custody, he could see a small amount of blood on the back side of the fugitive’s head “to which he stated he had been shot also”.
Despite claiming he had also been shot, White allegedly urged officers to treat “his wife”.
“The offender was adamant that he was okay and that we needed to tend to his wife,” the officer said.
It is not clear if White was shot or if his injuries were caused when their getaway vehicle flipped and landed in a ditch.
It is also unclear if he was suggesting that he had shot himself or if Ms White had shot him and then herself or if he had been grazed by the bullet that killed Ms White.
Only one gunshot was heard by the officer.
Sgt Erik Nilssen also noted in his supplemental report about the incident that White had blood covering his shirt and coming from the back of his head when he was detained.
The 38-year-old was treated for a head injury on the scene and his bloodsoaked shirt taken as evidence, the report said.
Rachel Sharp16 May 2022 16:23