Back in Alabama: Casey White back behind bars after capture in Indiana
Vicky White’s body was released to a funeral home in Florence on May 11
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - An escaped Lauderdale County inmate is back behind bars in Alabama after 11 days on the run. The former corrections officer assisting him in the escape died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the Vanderburgh County, Indiana, coroner’s office, Vicky White was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. on May 9 at Deaconess Hospital. An autopsy was completed by the Vanderburgh County Coroner on May 10. It was determined that Vicky White died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her cause of death was ruled a suicide.
In a press conference with Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, he said Casey White and Vicky White were captured in Evansville after a police chase ended in a rollover crash. Vicky was seriously injured at the time of the crash due to the self-inflicted wound. Casey White had minor injuries.
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff said Casey was driving a black Cadillac at the time of the chase. An Evansville police officer located the Cadillac after authorities received several tips on a possible spotting of the two fugitives.
Listen below to condensed scanner audio from the chase.
An official with the United States Marshals confirmed Casey White was driving during the chase and told officers to “check on my wife” as he was being arrested.
The 2006 Ford F-150 that was found abandoned at a car wash on South Weinbach Avenue in Evansville has been impounded.
“You don’t know who you can trust, I’ve never experienced a week like this in my career,” said Singleton.
Weinbach Car Wash owner James Stenson said he contacted police after he saw a truck parked overnight at the car wash.
“I noticed a black ford truck sticking out of the end of the bay. Every time I see a truck sticking out, I think something’s going on.”
He says his security footage showed Vicky White pick up Casey White in a Cadillac. Singleton said there is no evidence at this time that anyone else was involved.
Casey White waived extradition and will be sent back to Alabama. A status hearing for Casey White is scheduled for noon on Tuesday.
According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, Casey White and Vicky White were staying in a motel less than a mile away from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Wedding, the man that Vicky and Casey White paid for the motel room will not be charged.
Casey White was arraigned at the Lauderdale County Courthouse Tuesday night. He was then transferred immediately to the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, AL. Vicky White’s body was released to a funeral home in Florence on Wednesday. Her funeral will be held at the Center Hill Cemetery. She is survived by he mother, father and brothers.
FOOTAGE OF THE ARREST
The Evansville Police Department released body camera and dash-camera footage from the May 9 police chase and crash involving escaped Lauderdale County inmate Casey White and former corrections officer Vicky White.
Police dash-camera footage shows Casey White being detained moments after the Cadillac the two were driving in crashed. The video also shows law enforcement pulling Vicky White out of the car after she shot herself. Vicky was seriously injured at the time of the crash due to the self-inflicted wound while Casey sustained minor injuries.
911 CALL DURING CHASE
The 911 call that Vicky White made moments before the Cadillac she was riding in with Casey White was hit by police officers has been released.
In the audio released by investigators, you will hear Vicky’s final words, once she realized her escape plan was coming to an end. Vicky White can be heard saying, “Casey. Airbags are going off. Let’s get out and run. We should’ve stayed in the (expletive) hotel.”
IN THE BEGINNING
On the afternoon of April 29, the inmate and Assistant Director of Corrections were reported missing. Casey and Vicky left the detention center at 9:30 a.m. allegedly heading to the courthouse. In an update later that same day, Singleton said Vicky was taking Casey White to a mental health evaluation at the time of the escape.
Singleton confirmed later that there was not a scheduled mental health evaluation. The subjects were considered dangerous throughout the search and were thought to be in possession of an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun. The two of them traveled to Tennessee in a 2007 orange Ford Edge.
Casey White confessed to killing Connie Ridgeway in Rogersville in 2015. Ridgeway’s son told WAFF he thought of his mom on Mother’s Day and did not know whether he would ever see Casey White captured alive to face justice.
In October 2020, Casey appeared in court asking to be held in the Lauderdale County Jail. According to authorities, he was plotting to escape Lauderdale County Jail before his arraignment.
TIMELINE OF THE ESCAPE
At 9:20 a.m. on April 29, Vicky White directed a corrections deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to the courthouse. The deputy applied handcuffs and shackles to Casey and then removed him from his cell. Just over 20 minutes later, Vicky and Casey exited the facility in a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.
Vicky told a booking officer she was transporting Casey to the mental health evaluation because she was the only available person with a firearm certification. She also mentioned her plan to visit a nearby Med Plus because “she wasn’t feeling well.” At 11:34 a.m., a Florence Police officer spotted the above vehicle in a shopping center parking lot.
Around 3:30 p.m., the booking officer reported she could not reach Vicky White with all calls going directly to voicemail. She advised Casey White had not yet been returned from his mental health evaluation either.
Within minutes, officials had searched the courthouse and determined Casey was not there. Administrators found no mental health evaluation had been scheduled for Casey.
MULTIPLE REWARDS OFFERED DURING SEARCH
The U.S. Marshal Service announced via Twitter that offered up to $10,000 for information regarding Casey White, the inmate that escaped from the Lauderdale County Jail.
In the tweet, the Marshals Service says that it believed Casey White was a serious threat to the public. The Marshal Service offered up to $5,000 for information regarding Vicky White.
Governor Kay Ivey issued two rewards for information leading to the apprehension and arrest in the Vicky White and Casey White escape case.
“Both Casey White and Vicky White pose a major threat to the public, and they must be apprehended. I am pleased to offer this support as law enforcement works diligently to get these dangerous criminals behind bars,” said Gov. Ivey.
Both rewards were in the amount of $5,000.
WARRANT ISSUED FOR VICKY WHITE ON MAY 2
Sheriff Rick Singleton said in a May 2 press conference that a warrant had been issued for Vicky White’s arrest. She is charged with first-degree permitting or facilitating escape. The maximum time in prison is 10 years with a $15,000 crime.
Vicky recently sold her house and Friday was expected to be her last day with the department as she was set to retire. Her neighbors were shocked she was selling her house, and even more surprised to hear she is possibly involved in Casey’s escape.
Kristi Vickry lives next door and was in jail while Vicky was a corrections officer. She said Vicky was good at her job and always followed the rules.
“She’s going to do her job, she’s going to do it by the books,” said Vickry “She also did that with the other inmates, whenever you did something wrong you would get in trouble for it. (...) I don’t see her taking another inmate and running with him. I just don’t see that.”
Another neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, lived next to Vicky for three years.
He described her as kind, quiet and a great neighbor. “She would do anything for you, I would do anything for her,” said the neighbor. “She never got loud, she was just a quiet pleasant lady.”
In a U.S. Marshals update released by an area Police Department by mistake, Vicky was listed as possibly using two aliases. Those names are April Davis and Renee Marie Maxwell. Sheriff Singleton confirmed these aliases for Vicky.
The U.S. Marshals released photos of what Vicky White could possibly do to her hair such as dying it a darker color or cutting it.
On May 9, new charges were filed against Vicky White for buying the 2007 Ford Edge. Vicky White was charged with second-degree forgery and identity theft.
VICKY & CASEY’S “SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP”
According to inmates at the detention center, there was a “special relationship” between Vicky White and Casey White. That relationship has been confirmed through WAFF’s independent investigation.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton confirmed Vicky White had phone contact with Casey White while he was in Donaldson Prison.
PHOTOS & VIDEO USED IN SEARCH
WAFF compared three past and present photos of Casey in the below compilation.
On May 5, U.S. Marshals released images of Casey White’s tattoos which are on his chest, arms and upper back including some affiliated with the Alabama-based white supremacist prison gang Southern Brotherhood.
U.S. Marshals released images on May 4 to identify the height differentiation between Casey White and Vicky White as well as the vehicle they are believed to be driving in.
The video is from April 29, the day they both disappeared. The video below was released by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. At 9:30 a.m., Vicky White is seen walking Casey White to the backseat of the patrol car.
“It was obvious she wasn’t concerned about her safety,” said Singleton when asked about Vicky walking in front of Casey as they head to the vehicle.
TATTOO LINKED TO WHITE SUPREMACIST PRISON GANG
White is seen with tattoos on both arms, his back and his chest. On the right side of his chest, White has a shield that has “SB”, lightning bolts and a swastika. This logo is for the white supremacist prison gang known as the Southern Brotherhood. The Southern Brotherhood is an Alabama-based prison gang according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The emblem is typically a shield divided into four sections with a different symbol in each section.
The symbols can include, “SB”, swastikas, SS lightning bolts, the number 23 or 14/23, the Confederate flag or other symbols.
The symbol, 14/23, references the “14 Word” slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”. That slogan was coined by David Lane who was part of another white supremacist group, The Order.
White also has a Confederate flag tattoo on his back closer to his neck.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY RESPONDS
“I would have trusted Vicky with my life, I really mean it,” said Connolly. “If we needed something from the jail she was our go-to person, solid employee. That’s why it’s so shocking.”
Over 20 investigators have jumped on the case taking up a whole conference room at the courthouse.
FORMER ATTORNEY SPEAKS OUT ABOUT CASEY WHITE
Attorney Dale Bryant handled Casey White’s appeals for the 2015 incident that got him arrested in Limestone County. Bryant said that Casey had the trust of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and was made a trustee in the Limestone County Jail.
“Casey suffers from a mental illness,” Bryant said. “... When he’s on medication and in a supervised environment... he’s a decent person. When he gets out of incarceration, he is unable to stay on his medication and he even self medicates by smoking methamphetamine or taking other illegal substances.”
Bryant said that he fears the current situation with Casey White’s disappearance could end badly based on how Casey acted when he was arrested in 2015.
“Casey wanted to die,” Bryant said about Casey’s arrest in 2015. “He was trying to get the officers to shoot him and that is kind of my fear, how this situation is going to end. Except for this time, I’m afraid that Casey may try to shoot them [police officers] to try and get them to shoot him. I want to say in his interview after his arrest and in my conversations with him, he wanted to die that day.”
VEHICLE FOUND IN TENNESSEE
According to the release, they were reportedly driving a 2007 Ford Edge. The car is gold/copper with a little bit of damage to the left rear bumper.
U.S. Marshals investigators in Williamson County, Tennessee confirmed a car matching previous reports was found abandoned in the area.
Investigators were notified Thursday evening of the orange 2007 Ford Edge being discovered in a tow lot in Williamson County. This location is about two hours north of Florence, where the fugitive investigation began April 29.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released the photo below of an attempted spray painting of the same car.
Once on scene, they determined it was the vehicle used by Vicky White and Casey White.
A tow report was given to WAFF that claims the car was left abandoned at the corner of Smithson Rd. and Banner-Adams Rd. the car had been towed on Friday, April 29, before the flyer was released detailing the car they were in.
SIGHTINGS PRIOR TO ESCAPE
According to Sheriff Singleton, Vicky White was staying in a hotel near where the getaway car was parked the night before she allegedly helped Casey White escape.
On May 6, Singleton said in a press conference that Vicky White was staying in the Quality Inn behind Logan’s Roadhouse in Florence. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released a new video showing Vicky White at a hotel just hours before Casey White escaped.
Sheriff Singleton told WAFF that Vicky was spotted shopping at a Kohl’s location for men’s clothing the week before the escape. She was also spotted shopping at an adult toy store the same week.
MARSHALS IDENTIFY SECOND VEHICLE
Investigators with the United States Marshals Service received a tip about a truck possibly being driven by Vicky White and Casey White in Evansville, Indiana.
Investigators received the tip after an owner of a car wash saw a 2006 Ford F-150 on South Weinbach Avenue in Evansville. Evansville is 175 miles north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where investigators found the 2007 Ford Edge believed to be the getaway car.
U.S. Marshals investigators believed the man in the image was Casey White.
EVANSVILLE MOTEL OWNER: “THEY WERE NOT OFFICIAL GUESTS HERE”
Vanderburgh County Sheriff, Dave Wedding, says Vicky and Casey White were believed to have been staying in Evansville as early as May 2. While they were in town, they were hiding out in a room at Motel 41.
Owner of Motel 41, Paul Shah, says an Evansville man checked into a room at his motel and paid for a two-week stay. Sheriff Wedding says that was the same room that Vicky and Casey White were staying in, but Shah had no idea they were there.
“Actually yesterday was the first day I came to know they were looking for those fugitives in this area.,” said Shah.
Sheriff Wedding says he believes Casey and Vicky White paid a random person to reserve the room for them and that he believes they had no connection to any Evansville residents.
“They were not officially guests here. Somebody else checked in... so officially there was no... officially they are not my registered guests here,” said Shah.
Shah says neither he nor his motel staff ever saw Casey or Vicky White during their stay and nothing looked suspicious in the area until he saw the car chase.
“There was no excitement here... nothing,” said Shah. “They were following that blue Cadillac or something, that car. They asked me... They were just following that car yesterday all day. As soon as I was gone after 3:30 p.m. and then I just came to know on the news that they found them...The car chase or something...but nothing happened in my parking lot, that’s what I’m saying, you know.”
Shah says he’s owned Motel 41 for 12 years and nothing like this has happened before, but he says it’s shocking the fugitives ended up in Evansville and staying at his motel without him knowing.
Sheriff Wedding tells us the man is not facing any charges.
CASEY WHITE’S LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY
On the night of December 2, 2015, Casey White broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, killed her dog, and held her and two other people hostage-firing shots as they escaped. But that’s not all; after that, he stole a car, tried to hijack a trucker at gunpoint, and shot another woman whose car he also tried to steal in Tennessee.
White peacefully surrendered that night. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison. While there, he confessed to the murder of Connie Ridgeway and was charged in 2020.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly says White later recanted that confession.
“We have corroborated parts of that confession and parts we have not. He has recanted that so you know, we think we have a solid case against him. So I mean, we feel confident we will convict him,” said Connolly.
White faces two capital murder charges, one for an act of murder during a burglary and another based on murder-for-hire. But Connolly says that claim is still under investigation.
“We have corroborated with the burglary charge based on what we know about the crime scene and so forth. We have not corroborated the murder-for-hire,” said Connolly.
White was set to go to trial in April 2022, which is why he was in the Lauderdale County Jail for pre-trial motions. But his trial was continued to June.
CONNIE RIDGEWAY’S SON SPEAKS TO WAFF
Austin Williams told WAFF Connie’s murder was Rogersville’s first. For years, he and his brother have been waiting for answers.
With the trial so close and Casey now on the run, they fear those answers may never come.
“I want to see this go to trial because I want to know. I want to know what happened,” said Williams.
“She was a very faithful person. I mean, we were in church every Wednesday every Sunday every easter every Christmas and I think it’s that that has helped me get through this horrible situation.”
He still can’t understand how or why anyone would kill her.
“We’re going to try as hard as we can to get justice for Connie but we may never know and at this point, we may never get to see a trial. You know that’s a horrible horrible feeling.. but that may be what we’re looking at right now.”
ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN TENNESSEE
Giles County, TN officials told our sister station, News4 in Nashville, Casey White is wanted for charges from crimes he committed in Dec. of 2015, including the following:
- Two charges of Attempted carjacking
- Theft of property over $10k
- Attempted first-degree murder
WHAT INVESTIGATORS LEARNED OVER 11 DAYS
“We did get a video from a service station within two blocks of the shopping center and it was a timestamp for 9:49 a.m. The timestamp when they left the detention center was 9:41 a.m. So that’s an eight-minute window there, and that is what the amount of time it takes to make that drive,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton.
The below video is from a gas station in Lauderdale County that shows the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office patrol car that Vicky White used to transport Casey White driving past the gas station. In the video, there is no way to see in the car to confirm who is seated where.
Officials tell WAFF that Casey is a free man and no longer restrained.
“We found her radio, sheriff’s department radio and the leg shackles and handcuffs,” said Singleton.
A source with the U.S. Marshals says they believe Casey and Vicky White have been plotting Casey’s escape for over a year.
Detectives also believe Vicky has her phone but it is turned off.
“It wasn’t left in the car. You know, we’ve attempted using technology. We haven’t had any success with it,” said Singleton.
They are also going through her finances to see if there are any unusual finances.
“We’ve had the secret service helping us with some of that kind of stuff. So they’re working on that angle of it. I really can’t comment any further either. We’re assuming she’s got some cash,” said Singleton.
On May 4, Singleton confirmed Vicky White is no longer a Lauderdale County employee.
WAFF Reporter D’Quan Lee learned investigators have received over 100 tips in the search in less than a week.
CASEY WHITE RETURNS TO ALABAMA
Lauderdale County escaped inmate Casey White was returned to Alabama on May 10.
2008 LIMESTONE COUNTY CASE RE-EXAMINED
The case involves Christy Shelton.
Her family said they’ve always had questions about Casey White and what role he might’ve played in Christy’s death. They said Christy used to date Casey White, and that Casey was there when Christy was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun.
At the time, it was ruled a suicide. However, her family never believed that story and always had doubts.
Michelle Williamson with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday that investigators are going to re-examine the case.
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