Vicky White: Alabama corrections officer dies from self-inflicted wounds, lover Casey is in custody
While Casey surrendered after their Cadillac overturned, Vicky, who was driving, shot herself before the capture and was taken to a hospital
Update: Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White has died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. She was hospitalized earlier after shooting herself following a car chase in Evansville, Indiana. Her wounds were "very serious".
EVANSVILLE, INDIANA: Escaped murder suspect Casey White has been caught while Vicky White, his prison guard lover who helped him escape, is in the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Vicky is reportedly in the hospital with 'very serious' injuries. The capture comes after an 11-day manhunt that spanned multiple states.
Casey had been missing since Friday morning, April 29, when he left the Lauderdale County Detention Center in a transport vehicle with his lover Vicky, the jail’s assistant director of corrections. The US Marshals Service on Sunday, May 1, offered a $10,000 reward for information on the duo as Vicky transported him to court for an appointment that was never on the books. They never arrived at the courthouse, which is located in downtown Florence. A manhunt was soon launched for the pair. While the evidence clearly suggested that Vicky let Casey escape, her family said she is a 'sweet person' who would not have helped a 'killer' escape.
Before the capture, the pair was found at a hotel. They were nabbed after a brief car chase in Evansville, Indiana, that lasted "less than a few minutes," according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. While Casey surrendered after their Cadillac overturned, Vicky, who was driving, shot herself sometime before the capture and was subsequently taken to a hospital. She faces up to 10 years in jail for helping Casey escape. Casey, a confessed murderer, was serving 75 years in prison.
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Vicky and Casey will be brought back to Lauderdale County, Alabama. While the two are set to face various charges in connection with the escape, Casey will also face outstanding capital murder charges related to a 2015 killing. "Most escapes - from a county jail especially - they're not planned. They're just sort of spontaneous. There are no resources available, no plan in place," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said at a press conference. "This escape was obviously well planned and calculated. A lot of preparation went into this. They had plenty of resources, had cash. They had everything they needed to pull this off."
"We were starting from ground zero, and not only that, we started – they got a six-hour head start on us," Singleton added. "We got a dangerous man off the streets today. He's never gonna see the light of day again. That's a good thing." Referring to Vicky, he said, "I hope she survives this. She has some answers to give us."
"You don't know who you can trust. I had every bit of trust in Vicky White," Singleton continued. "She has been an exemplary employee. What in the world prompted her to pull off something like this, I don't know. I don't know if we'll ever know." Casey will be sent back to prison but Vicky will not be confined in the Lauderdale County jail where she worked for 17 years.
Vicky and Casey, who had been in the Evansville area, were captured 219 miles away from the jail after someone called in a tip. US marshals had to crash in on them to end the chase. The male and female fled in a vehicle on Highway 41 northbound, went past Highway 57 as you can see they turned here on Birch Park Drive, they came through this grassy area," Sheriff Wedding said, according to CNN. Expressing relief at the capture, Singleton said, "This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week-and-a-half. It ended the way that we knew it would. They are in custody."