The manhunt for an escaped Alabama murder suspect, Casey Cole White, and high-ranking prison guard Vicky White, came to a close on Monday. After more than 10 days after the couple escaped from the county jail.
Law enforcement officers descended upon Casey White and Vicky White in Evansville, IN on Monday afternoon causing a police chase that resulted in a car crash and injuries to both fugitives. Both suspects were then in custody and being treated for their injuries, officials said. Vicky was hospitalized with “very serious” injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Indiana law enforcement authorities stated. Vicky later succumbed to her injuries and an autopsy is to be performed on Tuesday.
“Casey White and Vicky White are in custody,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton confirmed during a press conference on Monday.
“No citizens were hurt. No law enforcement officers were hurt as a result of this escape,” Singleton went on. “We got a dangerous man off the street today. He is never going to see the light of day again.”
Video shows the moment police captured Alabama jail employee Vicky White and murder suspect Casey White following a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, ending an 11-day manhunt.
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Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters that they became aware of a vehicle matching the description of a possible suspect vehicle.
Officers went to investigate and “soon thereafter, the male and female fled in the vehicle,” Sheriff Wedding stated.
Then both suspects drove through a grassy area where officers “intercepted then actually collided with them, to try to end the pursuit,” Wedding stated.
“When this occurred, the female driver of the vehicle shot herself and the passenger was injured, not too seriously,” he said. “They’ve both been taken to local hospitals to be examined for their injuries.”
Casey White, 38, and Vicky White, 56, were involved in a “jailhouse romance” when they escaped the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama, on April 29.
Vicky White was a high-ranking corrections employee. She was alone with Casey and told co-workers she was transporting him for an evaluation at the county courthouse. But Casey was not scheduled for an appointment at that time.
Casey White was serving a 75-year sentence for a handful of crimes. He had been serving his sentence at a Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, but had been transferred to the Lauderdale County jail while he awaited trial for the 2015 murder of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway.
Casey and Vicky White met in 2020, when Casey serving his sentence in the Lauderdale jail after confessing to the 2015 murder. The pair stayed in contact by phone between 2020 and 2022.
Casey White has a long rap sheet. His convictions are armed robbery, animal cruelty, attempted murder, and kidnapping. He was also facing a pending murder case for the 2015 slaying of Ridgeway.
The suspect allegedly confessed to the crime. He stated he had been hired to kill Ridgeway but then pleaded not guilty due to insanity. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.