Casey White victim Connie Ridgeway's son demands justice as manhunt ends with Vicky White's death
Connie Ridgeway's son Austin Williams is demanding justice for his mother after accused criminal Casey White was arrested and his prison guard "lover" Vicky White shot herself after 11 days on the run. Austin Williams, 42, said he and his family campaigned for years demanding justice for his mother's death which occurred in 2015 and was not confessed by White until 2020. On April 29, a murder defendant escaped from an Alabama detention center with the help of a jail officer. He had previously attempted to flee prison and gained the trust of his captors.
Vicky White, 56, a correctional worker, was seen on security camera leading Casey White, 38, into a patrol car in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. She had informed her supervisors and coworkers that she was taking him to court for a mental health examination, but authorities quickly learned that no such evaluation or hearing had been set for that day. On Monday, May 9, they were arrested in Evansville, Indiana, when their vehicle collided following a chase. Vicky died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday, May 9. Vicky had a "special relationship" with the perpetrator, who was serving a 75-year sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder and was awaiting trial for the murder of Williams' 58-year-old mother. Despite confessing to the murder in 2020, White pleaded not guilty due to insanity. Connie was fatally murdered during a home invasion robbery in 2015. Williams dubbed White's capture a "miracle" which ended with a car chase and Vicky's death.
Video footage of police apprehending Casey has gone viral on social media and has been viewed over 250,000 times on Twitter.
Here's the moment Casey White and Vicky White were caught. pic.twitter.com/d2DXZacLsF— Chad (@ChadBlue83) May 10, 2022
Williams told The Sun: "It’s huge. [I'm] so glad we still have the chance to get justice for Connie.” Connie's grieving son stated he is "relieved and happy no one is in danger anymore" The police chase was just "a few minutes long," claimed Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County before Vicky's hospitalization.
Prior to the couple's arrest, Williams told The Sun that he was concerned for his personal safety as well as the safety of the broader public while "White was on the loose. He's a very dangerous person with a violent history," he said. "This is a six-foot-nine, 250-pound man who broke into a woman’s apartment and stabbed her to death," he alleged. "Anyone who crosses his path is in a huge amount of danger ... there's no limit to what he might do."
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Before the alarm was raised to the press, Williams claimed he first learned about White's escape after getting a call from the District Attorney's Office on Friday, May 6. The 42-year-old, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee was shocked and perplexed as to how such a thing could happen. "It's really hard to describe how I feel," said Williams to The Sun. "I really didn't know how to react when they told me I was just so shocked."
"It's hard to comprehend that something like this is even possible. It completely blows my mind."
Williams and his family stated that witnessing White's name spread all over the press and on social media has opened a number of old wounds. Before police caught and held the prisoner in a dramatic chase that ended with Vicky's death, Williams hoped that he would finally get justice for the murder of his mother.
"It's all very shocking and frustrating," Williams told The Sun — days before cops caught up with the fugitive pair. "You think you have the guy and he’s finally going to trial and then all of a sudden he gets out and someone who is meant to keep him inside actually helps him get out. We want to see him back behind bars as soon as possible so we can learn the motive behind why he killed my mom. She was such a nice, gentle soul. And I still don’t understand how somebody could do such a thing to her."
After White was apprehended, Williams demanded that he should be held in a high-security, under constant observation until to avoid such circumstances. "It blows my mind that someone who is familiar with Casey White and his record would risk anything with him because he is just such a dangerous person," Williams added. "Please just give yourselves out before anyone else gets hurt," Williams had begged with the duo, before White's shocking arrest today. "No one else has to get hurt. It's not too late for you to turn yourselves in and come back in safely."
Vicky White was rushed to the hospital this evening to be treated for "very serious" injuries as US Marshals closed upon their getaway automobile, according to authorities. "Casey White was driving that vehicle, Vicky White was a passenger," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said at a press conference right after the duo's capture. "During the pursuit, the vehicle got wrecked. Casey White surrendered. Vicky White has been transported to the hospital for treatment. What I am very thankful for tonight is that no one was hurt, no citizens were hurt, not law enforcement officers were hurt as a result of this escape," after Casey's daring jail release, the sheriff informed News Nation's Brian Entin that he would be "shackled day and night."
“I’ll probably hear from a civil rights attorney but I don’t care,” Singleton declared. The sheriff is also believed to have indicated that he wouldn't be shocked if Vicky's gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support this theory.