Who was Christy Shelton? 2008 death case of inmate Casey White’s ex-girlfriend reopened

Christy Shelton, 31, was killed with a sawed-off shotgun in 2008 and her family has insisted that her death was not a suicide


                            Who was Christy Shelton? 2008 death case of inmate Casey White’s ex-girlfriend reopened
Inmate Casey White's (R) former girlfriend Christy Shelton (L) died in 2008 (WHNT News 19 screenshot/YouTube, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, ALABAMA: Local authorities have reopened a probe into the 2008 suicide death of Alabama inmate Casey Coal White’s former girlfriend. The murder suspect's recent capture has now brought the several years old case to light yet again. Christy Shelton's family has maintained that her death in 2008 was not a suicide.

Not much is known about Shelton except that the 31-year-old was killed with a sawed-off shotgun in 2008. She was later discovered in a trailer owned by White’s mother. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office renewed the investigation on Tuesday, May 10. “Casey White was with my mom the night that she committed suicide,” Somer Mitchell, the daughter of Christy Shelton, told Alabama’s News 19. “Nothing was really done. I don’t think they took him in for questioning. So maybe this video will fall into the right hands of someone that can actually make a difference or look into it more maybe investigate. I’m not really sure.”

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As many as seven years after Shelton's death, White broke into another former gal pal's home and opened fire, killing her dog. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the 2015 incident. White escaped with the help of prison guard Vicky White on April 29.

White was finally captured after an 11-day manhunt that spanned multiple states. His lover, Vicky White, 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".

Vicky White died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds (Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

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.

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 had said, according to CNN.

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, where she died.