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A 10-day nationwide manhunt for Ms White, a 56-year-old corrections officer from Alabama, and White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting trial for murder, ended on Monday evening with a car chase and crash in Evansville. Ms White died from what a coroner ruled to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and White was taken into custody.
As he was handcuffed, White allegedly told officers to help his “wife” and insisted he did not shoot her. The pair were said to have been in a romantic relationship for about two years but police say they were not married.
Meanwhile, Ms White’s last words were revealed in a chilling 911 call where she said “let’s get out and run” and blames White for wanting to stay “at a f****** motel” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.
An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face mounting questions over how the fugitives evaded capture for over a week.
What escaped inmate Casey White said during arrest as questions remain over guard’s death
The first words from escaped Alabama inmate Casey White after his capture were “I didn’t do it” as his corrections officer lover lay dying from a gunshot wound in their car.
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Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 23:00
Police reopen probe into mysterious shooting suicide of escaped Alabama inmate’s ex-girlfriend
Police have reopened an investigation into the mysterious death of escaped Alabama inmate Casey White’s former girlfriend, after her 2008 shooting death was previously ruled a suicide.
Christy Shelton, 31, died on 1 February 2008 after she was shot in the chest by a sawed-off shotgun inside an Alabama home belonging to White’s mother.
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Maroosha Muzaffar12 May 2022 22:00
Sheriff said he wanted Casey White in custody and Vicky White alive
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton to WAAYTV in Alabama that he had hoped to return capital murder suspect Casey White to custody and to capture corrections officer Vicky White alive.
Ms White worked for Mr Singleton and was well-liked within the department. She was on track to win her fifth “employee of the year” award this year and was reportedly like a “mother” to other corrections workers.
Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 21:00
While Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton rose to notoriety over the past few weeks, becoming the leading authority on the escaped fugitives that launched an 11-day manhunt, he’s had a storied career well before the dramatic 29 April jailbreak of Casey White and correctional officer Vicky White.
The 70-year-old, who plans to retire from the force in January after serving for 50 years, told AL.com in an extensive profile how alongside starting a career in law enforcement just shy of his 21st birthday, he also pursued another lifelong dream: becoming a pro-wrestler.
“Some kids want to be astronauts. I wanted to be two things – a cop and a wrestler,’’ he told AL.com. “I was privileged to get to do both of them.”
He spent more than a decade straddling the two worlds of law enforcement and professional wrestling before he – who went by Dr. Death in the ring – decided to hang up his wrestling mask and boots, which are now on display in his office, alongside a smattering of other memorobilia that reveal little parts of the man behind the badge.
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Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 20:35
Petitions circulate for ‘Car Wash James’ to receive award money offered for information on escaped fugitives
A petition has been started to pressure law enforcement and the Governor of Alabama to pay up on their reward offers to “Car Wash James,” the car wash owner who called police when he spotted capital murder suspect Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White in Indiana.
The US Marshal Service announced a total $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest White and information on Ms White, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey offered a total of $10,000 for the capture of the couple.
Amber Savallo, who started the petition, told WSILTV that the car wash owner, James Stinson, should be rewarded for his report.
“He said if you see something, say something and he did. I just really hope that James can get that from them because I feel like he deserves it 100%,” Ms Savallo said.
Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 20:00
How did Casey White end up at the facility where Vicky White worked?
Casey White, the capital murder suspect who escaped prison and spent 10 days on the run, was not originally imprisoned at the facility where corrections officer Vicky White was working.
Mr White was originally held at the William E Donaldson Correctional Facility, just down the road from the Lauderdale County Detention Centre, where Ms White worked.
According to Fox News, when Mr White’s lawyers requested that Donaldson allow them to bring laptops in to review their case with their client, they were denied. Rather than trying to convince the prison to change its mind, the attorneys request Mr White be transferred to the detention centre, where they could review their case.
Mr White — who was already discreetly communicating with Ms White — was granted a transfer, which placed him in the same prison where Ms White worked, setting the stage for the breakout.
Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 19:35
Casey White told officers ‘he did not kill Connie Ridgeway’ after capture
Casey Cole White repeatedly told officers that he hadn’t murdered 58-year-old mother-of-two Connie Ridgeway almost as soon as he was taken into custody on Monday, according to a police report.
The convict had been taken to hospital for treatment for a head injury where he brought up the heinous crime that he is charged with capital murder over, according to a report from Sgt. Erik Nilssen, who was on the scene of Monday’s capture.
At the hospital, “Mr White also kept stating that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway,” the report said.
Read the full story from The Independent’s Rachel Sharp below.
Johanna Chisholm12 May 2022 19:12
Casey White’s hands appeared out of the window at the moment officer pulled the trigger
Several law enforcement officers who assisted in the arrest of capital murder suspect Casey Cole White on Monday filed supplemental reports with the sheriff’s office and in those filings, they begin to shed some new light on Vicky White’s final moments, including when she shot herself and what White was doing at the time.
In one report, Evansville Police Officer Sam Shahine details how he was assisting in the chase of the couple’s Cadillac and saw it being rammed off the road by another officer.
Officer Shahine said that he then pulled up on the scene of the crash and exited his patrol car his gun drawn, pointing it at the windshield of the couple’s getaway car.
At that point, the officer said he “saw a male driver attempting to stick his hands out of the driver’s side window”.
According to the report, the officer gave multiple commands to the couple to show their hands but, due to the tint on the windows and angle of the vehicle, he could not clearly see who was inside, the report said.
While the officer was giving verbal commands, he said he heard one gunshot come from inside the vehicle.
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Johanna Chisholm12 May 2022 17:56
Casey White claims he was also shot in the head, says police report
Alabama capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed that he had also been shot in the head as he was pulled from the car wreck where his jailhouse lover Vicky White lay dying from a suspected suicide, according to a police report.
New documents, filed by Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and seen by The Independent, reveal that the 38-year-old also had “a small amount of blood” on the back of his head when he was taken into police custody at the end of a 10-day manhunt on Monday.
On Tuesday night, the Vanderburgh County Coroner ruled Ms White’s death a suicide and said that the autopsy found she had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
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Johanna Chisholm12 May 2022 17:04
Casey White told officers he didn’t kill Connie Ridgeway as he was pulled from car wreck
A supplemental case report filed by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office reveals new details from the moment Casey White surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody while Vicky White was found suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
In the report, Sgt. Erik Nilssen details how he approached the scene on Monday after over hearing the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance.
“As the male suspect, Casey White, was pulled from the vehicle, I placed him in handcuffs. Mr White had blood covering his shirt and blood coming from the back of his head,” Sgt Nilssen wrote.
He then requested the assistance of a firefighter on the scene to treat a head injury on White.
“During my interaction with Mr White, he repetitively was asking about the condition of Ms. Vicky White, whom he referred to as his ‘wife’,” Sgt. Nilssen wrote. “Mr White also kept stating that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway.”
These statements reportedly came unprompted, as Sgt Nilssen wrote that he “did not ask him any formal questions”.
White is currently awaiting trial for the 2015 stabbing murder of 58-year-old mother-of-two Connie Ridgeway.
Ms Ridgeway was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama, on 23 October 2015.
Johanna Chisholm12 May 2022 16:46