(WAFF/WFIE/Gray News) – Former prison officer Vicky White and escaped murder suspect Casey White had planned a shooting before they were captured, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
The couple from Lauderdale County, Alabama, were caught in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday when US marshals collided with their vehicle, throwing it sideways into a ditch.
Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff Dave Wedding said at a news conference that Casey White told investigators his plan was to open fire on law enforcement, WFIE reported. They were carrying four handguns and an AR-15 rifle, along with $29,000 in cash, authorities said.
Wedding said he was thankful the chase ended the way it did.
“Sometimes people may call that an unnecessary action, but that action may have saved the lives of many of my deputies and fellow law enforcement officers,” he said. “That’s why I represent the sheriff’s office. I want to bring my people home and I don’t care about the lives of the fugitives if it protects the lives of my people.”
Vicky White allegedly shot herself and later died in hospital. Casey White turned herself in to authorities after the accident. He suffered minor injuries.
Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County, Indiana, displayed the pistols and rifle the fugitives had when they were captured. (CNN)
Authorities do not believe Casey White shot Vicky White, but a coroner will make the final determination, Wedding said.
The escaped inmate waived extradition Tuesday.
Jess Powers, director of the Vanderburgh County CyberCrime Task Force, told The Associated Press that Casey White appeared in court via video and “will be extradited immediately. Most likely he will be moved as quickly as possible” back to Alabama.
Authorities say US Marshals were chasing Vicky White and Casey White when the Cadillac they were traveling in crashed.
The US Marshals Service said that when Casey White got out of the car, he said, “Please help my wife. She shot herself in the head and I didn’t.”
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said a “dangerous man was taken off the street.”
“Casey White will never see the light of day again,” Singleton said.
He adds that there is no evidence at this time that anyone else was involved.
Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White died of her injuries after she and escaped inmate Casey White were arrested Monday. (Credit: WFIE, WEVV, CNN)
On April 29, the inmate and former deputy director of corrections were reported missing.
Vicky White and Casey White left the Lauderdale County Detention Center at 9:30 am reportedly headed for the courthouse. Vicky White said that she would take Casey White for a mental health evaluation and then seek medical attention because she was not feeling well. Singleton later confirmed that there was no scheduled mental health evaluation.
Inmates told authorities the two had a “special relationship” in which Casey White received additional privileges, all from Vicky White. They first met in 2020 when Casey White was in the Lauderdale County Jail. When he was transferred to prison, they kept in touch. He returned to the Lauderdale County Jail earlier this year.
Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other charges at the time of his escape. He was awaiting trial for the stabbing of a 58-year-old woman during a robbery in 2015. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted.
A warrant was issued for Vicky White’s arrest on May 2, charging her with allowing or facilitating first-degree flight.
Authorities discovered that Vicky White had purchased a 2007 Ford Edge days before the couple ran away. She was also seen shopping for menswear at Kohl’s days before and sold her house for below market value.
“This escape was obviously well planned and calculated. They had a lot of resources, cash, vehicles. They had everything they needed to pull this off,” Singleton said.
A week later, the 2007 Ford Edge was found in Bethesda, Tennessee, after apparently breaking down.
A Ford F-150 was left abandoned at a car wash last week in Evansville, Indiana. The manager looked at the surveillance video and thought he saw Casey White. US Marshals were called.
From there, US Marshals began zeroing in on Vicky White and Casey White being in Evansville, Indiana, where they were found Monday.
Authorities provide photos of evidence found after Vicky White and Casey White are found in Indiana. (Credit: Vanderburgh County Sheriff via CNN Newsource)
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly wants justice done.
“His capital murder case is set for June. Plan A would be to test it in June, but there are a lot of moving parts between then and now,” Connolly said.
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