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Hunt for Alabama fugitives comes to an end: What we know about ex-officer’s death, inmate’s arrest

Hunt for Alabama fugitives comes to an end: What we know about ex-officer’s death, inmate’s arrest


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Authorities in Indiana on Tuesday had been anticipated to supply extra particulars on what led to the deadly end of a multistate search for a former corrections officer and escaped inmate who vanished from an Alabama jail final month.

Past noting their “special relationship,” investigators have offered few particulars as to why former corrections officer Vicky White, 56, aided inmate Casey White, 38.

Vicky White died Monday after U.S. Marshals pursued her and Casey White in a automotive chase in Evansville, Indiana, that resulted in a crash.

Casey White was injured however surrendered, and Vicky White shot herself, stated Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding ceremony. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital, the place she died. An post-mortem is scheduled for Tuesday, stated Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear.

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 was set to go on trial subsequent month on capital homicide costs in a 2015 murder-for-hire slaying and might face the dying penalty if convicted.

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“We acquired a harmful man off the road in the present day. He’s by no means going to see the sunshine of day once more,” stated Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County, from the place the Whites fled in Alabama. However Singleton expressed uncertainty round what prompted Vicky White’s involvement.

“I had each little bit of belief in Vicky White. She has been an exemplary worker. What on the earth provoked her, prompted her to drag a stunt like this? I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know,” Singleton stated.

The search for the Whites, who are not related, began in late April after Vicky White told coworkers she was taking Casey White to a courthouse appointment. However the couple by no means returned. Police later established that the pair had a “jailhouse romance” and had been planning their escape. 

Tip from Indiana automotive wash led to Vicky Whites, Casey White arrest

The U.S. Marshals Service stated investigators positioned a 2006 Ford F-150 in Evansville after receiving a tip Sunday evening that the deserted car had been found at Weinbach Automotive Wash.

The proprietor of the automotive wash offered safety digicam footage, which confirmed a person who seemed like Casey White standing subsequent to the car. The Marshals had described White as 6 ft, 9 inches and weighing roughly 330 kilos. 

Wedding ceremony instructed the Courier & Press, a part of the USA TODAY Community, that the truck had been possible deserted on Could 3, days earlier than it was reported.

Officers have not stated why the Whites spent a lot time in Evansville, or if they’ve any connection to the town.

The chase started when an Evansville officer thought he acknowledged one other automotive, a grey Cadillac, “related to this prison incident,” Wedding ceremony stated.

Wedding ceremony stated the car fled north.  “From there to right here it’s most likely solely three minutes, so it was a really brief pursuit,” he stated. 

Marshals collided with the Whites’ car, which in flip ran right into a ditch and flipped on its facet. At that time, Vicky White is believed to have shot herself, Wedding ceremony stated.

Different automobiles present in seek for the Whites

The seek for the Whites was “again at sq. one” final week, Singleton stated, after an deserted 2007 orange Ford Edge was positioned in a Tennessee towing lot.

Singleton stated Vicky White had used an alias to buy the automotive, nevertheless it was deserted and towed April 29, the day the pair went lacking.

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Surveillance video from the Lauderdale County Detention Facility confirmed Vicky White escorting Casey White to her patrol car and leaving on April 29. The patrol automotive was discovered deserted at a shopping mall later that day.

Vicky White bought residence, was set to retire earlier than fleeing

Vicky White’s final day on the job was April 29. She had put in for retirement and just lately bought her residence for greater than $90,000, authorities stated.

“This escape was clearly well-planned and calculated. Quite a lot of preparation went into this. That they had loads of assets, had money, had automobiles,” Singleton stated.

When Vicky White left the jail with Casey White, she instructed coworkers she was taking him to a psychological well being analysis. However no such appointment was scheduled, and Vicky White was breaking division coverage by transporting Casey White alone, authorities stated.

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Police later revealed the connection between the Whites. Singleton stated the Whites connection stemmed again two years and included visits and telephone calls past Vicky White’s work hours. Casey White additionally obtained particular privileges different inmates did not have, he stated.

Contributing: Christine Fernando, N’dea Yancey-Bragg and Cady Stanton, USA TODAY; Related Press

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