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Ex-Alabama corrections officer who helped convict escape dies after being captured in Indiana, authorities say

Ex-Alabama corrections officer who helped convict escape dies after being captured in Indiana, authorities say


  • Former corrections officer Vicky White, 56, and inmate Casey White, 38, have been arrested in Indiana on Monday after they disappeared from an Alabama detention middle final month.
  • Casey White was injured within the crash, and Vicky White died after capturing herself after the chase, authorities mentioned.
  • The Whites, who are usually not relations, had a “jailhouse romance” and have been planning their escape, in keeping with authorities.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The corrections officer, who escaped with an inmate from an Alabama prison and evaded authorities for greater than every week, has died after the fugitives have been taken into custody Monday, officers mentioned. 

Former corrections officer Vicky White, 56, and inmate Casey White, 38, have been arrested after a police chase and subsequent automobile wreck in Evansville, Indiana, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton mentioned at a information convention Monday.  

Casey White was injured within the crash, and Vicky White later died at Deaconess Hospital. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s workplace did not launch a explanation for demise, however police mentioned Vicky White shot herself after U.S. Marshals stopped the Whites’ automobile after a brief case and suffered severe accidents.

Casey White was serving a 75-year jail sentence for kidnapping and tried homicide costs after he was convicted of making an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping her two roommates.

He additionally faces capital homicide costs within the 2015 murder-for-hire slaying of Connie Ridgeway after he confessed to the killing whereas in custody. He was set to go to trial in that case subsequent month.

“Casey White and Vicky White are in custody,” Singleton mentioned. “We bought a harmful man off the road immediately. He’s by no means going to see the sunshine of day once more.”


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Investigators discovered an abandoned 2007 orange Ford Edge getaway car Friday about 100 miles from the jail, Singleton mentioned. The U.S. Marshals Service mentioned Sunday that investigators situated another abandoned vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-150, at an Evansville car wash.

Safety digicam footage supplied by the automobile wash’s proprietor exhibits a person standing subsequent to the truck who resembles Casey White.

Singleton mentioned on the information convention Monday that officers situated the Whites at an Evansville resort, which led to a automobile chase and eventual crash the place the 2 have been taken into custody.

The Whites, who are usually not relations, disappeared from the Lauderdale County Detention Heart on April 29, and authorities have since said the couple had a “jailhouse romance” and have been planning their escape. 

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Vicky White, whom authorities have since known as an confederate, allegedly instructed coworkers she was taking Casey White to a courthouse appointment earlier than the couple vanished. Surveillance footage exhibits Vicky White escorting Casey White out of the Lauderdale County Detention Heart and right into a patrol automobile, which was discovered deserted in a shopping mall later within the day.

Vicky White allegedly bought her residence and was set to retire the day the couple fled, the U.S. Marshals Service mentioned in a press release. 

Singleton mentioned that Vicky White had been an “exemplary worker,” and that he had “each little bit of belief” in her. “What on this planet prompted her to tug a stunt like this … I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know.”

Singleton beforehand disclosed the inmate and corrections officer had a “particular relationship” spanning two years. Vicky White supplied Casey White with further meals and privileges, police mentioned. 

A warrant was issued on May 2 for Vicky White charging her with allowing or facilitating escape within the first diploma.

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY; The Related Press

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