Alabama inmate Casey White charged in demise of jail official who helped him escape

Casey White, the Alabama inmate whose escape in April set off a nationwide manhunt, has been charged with homicide within the demise of the jail official who helped him, a prosecutor mentioned Tuesday.

White, 38, has been indicted on a depend of felony homicide within the demise of Vicky White, Lauderdale County District Lawyer Chris Connolly mentioned in a press release.

“In the course of the course of and in furtherance of committing Escape within the First Diploma, White induced the demise of Vicky White, who died from a gunshot to the top,” the district lawyer mentioned.

Officers have mentioned that Vicky White, 56, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the top after the automotive they had been in was rammed right into a ditch throughout a police pursuit in Indiana greater than per week after the escape.

Neither the indictment nor Connolly’s assertion says that Casey White shot her. Connolly’s assertion mentioned no additional info can be launched, and he didn’t return a request for clarification Tuesday evening.

State legislation seems to indicate that an individual might be charged with felony homicide when they’re committing sure felonies, or fleeing afterwards, and trigger the demise of somebody.

Vicky White, who was assistant director of corrections on the Lauderdale County Jail in northwest Alabama, helped Casey White escape on April 29, officers have mentioned.

They aren’t associated, however authorities mentioned Vicki White had been concerned in a two-year relationship with Casey White.

Casey White was awaiting trial on capital homicide fees within the 2015 stabbing of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway. He was already serving a 75-year jail sentence for convictions that embrace theft and tried homicide when he was indicted in 2020 in Ridgeway’s demise.

Vicky White, who labored for the sheriff’s workplace for 25 years, left the jail with Casey White purportedly for a psychological well being analysis, however investigators later discovered there was no such analysis scheduled, Sheriff Rick Singleton has mentioned.

Vicky White had filed paperwork to retire and her final day at work was the day each disappeared, he mentioned. Earlier than the pair vanished, she had offered her house.

That they had modified automobiles and had been staying at a motel in Evansville, Indiana, greater than 200 miles away from the jail in Florence, Alabama, officers have mentioned.

After the police pursuit that ended with the pair’s Cadillac in a ditch, Casey White surrendered to police.

There was about $29,000 left within the automotive, in addition to weapons, once they had been caught, the sheriff in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, mentioned on the time.

Casey White was beforehand charged with first-degree escape after he was introduced again to Alabama from Indiana.