Fugitive inmate in Alabama, prison official had multiple guns and was ready for a shootout: sheriff

An Alabama murder suspect and his jailer who evaded authorities for more than a week after being released from an Alabama jail were carrying US$29,000 (C$37,595) in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle, and were ready for a firefight when they were captured, an Indiana sheriff said Tuesday.

Escaped convict Casey White has shown no remorse for the death of prison official Vicky White, who was found fatally injured with a gun in her hand on Monday after a brief car chase, the city’s sheriff said. Vanderburgh County, Dave Wedding.

Authorities do not believe Casey White shot Vicky White, but a coroner will make the final decision, he said.

Casey White, 38, surrendered without a fight, saying he did not kill the woman he called his wife. He appeared by video on Tuesday in an Indiana courtroom, where he waived extradition, and authorities said he would be promptly returned to Alabama.

The end of the manhunt did little to answer the lingering questions surrounding the escape: Why would a long-respected prison official, on the eve of her retirement, give up everything to help a dangerous criminal escape? What did they do while evading authorities for about eleven days? And when they were finally surrounded, did she really pull the trigger to end her life?

This composite provided by the US Marshals Service and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office shows inmate Casey White, left, and Vicky White, deputy director of corrections. The fugitive couple, who are not related, were picked up on Monday after disappearing April 29 from an Alabama jail. Vicky White was found dead. (US Marshals Service, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office/Associated Press)

Vicky White, 56, was pronounced dead in a hospital on Monday after the Cadillac she was driving was pushed by members of the US Marshals task force into a ditch, where she ended up on her side, a said the sheriff of Evansville, Indiana. They were nearly 300 miles from the Alabama jail where he was awaiting trial for capital murder.

An attorney representing Casey White in the case, Jamy Poss, declined to comment on Tuesday, saying he was still trying to find out what happened in Indiana.

NBC Today The show reported on Tuesday that federal marshals said Casey White told officers at the scene, “Please help my wife. She just shot herself in the head and I didn’t. not done.”

The two whites were not related, let alone married, officials said.

Before Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear announced his death, the Alabama Sheriff said he hoped to get answers from his once-trusted prison worker.

“I had complete faith in Vicky White. She was an exemplary employee. What provoked her, prompted her to do a stunt like this? I don’t know. know,” said said Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.

Prisoner sighting sparked pursuit

Authorities have moved closer after a car wash manager said he told US Marshals on Sunday that a man closely resembling Casey White was recorded by a CCTV camera exiting a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck White is six-foot-nine and weighs around 260 pounds.

After locating the F-150, authorities got information that the two may have been riding in a beige 2006 Cadillac, U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said. hello america.

“We sent our men to the car wash area and observed the vehicle at a hotel,” Keely said.

Members of a U.S. Marshals task force went to investigate, which led to a brief chase, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Wedding said. Today.

Sheriff Wedding, right, shows a photo of the scene where Casey White and Vicky White were apprehended. At a news conference in Evansville, Indiana, on Tuesday, Wedding said authorities found multiple weapons at the scene. (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)

“The chase was very short. It went up a main thoroughfare here in Vanderburgh County, and they drove through a parking lot at a large factory. They were in a grassy area, so three of our task force members got in rammed the vehicle, pushed As they approached the vehicle, it was obvious the female driver was unconscious and still had a gun in her hand. And they pulled the killer out of the vehicle simultaneously,” Wedding said.

He said it has not been officially determined that Vicky White in fact committed suicide.

“The coroner’s office will investigate and determine if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Initial indication is that it was, but we won’t rule anything out until we know. not a full coroner’s inquest.”

The manhunt began on April 29 after Vicky White, deputy director of corrections at Lauderdale County Jail, told her colleagues she was taking Casey White, who was awaiting trial in a murder case. qualified, from prison for an evaluation of his mental health. There were no such meetings.

WATCH | Security video shows prison official Vicky White and inmate Casey White leaving the Alabama jail:

Security video shows inmate escape

Footage provided by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama shows Deputy Director of Corrections Vicky White walking inmate Casey White, a murder suspect and no connection to Vicky, to the jail gate. The couple were picked up in Indiana on Monday, having been free since April 29. 0:42

“We have a dangerous man on the street today. He will never see the light of day again. It’s a good thing, not just for our community. It’s a good thing for our country,” Singleton said. , sheriff of the county of Lauderdale, mentioned.

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 stabbing a 58-year-old woman during a burglary in 2015. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. White will be returned to Lauderdale County, Alabama, where he will face trial on the final charges, authorities said.

Federal and local law enforcement officials also learned that Casey White threatened to kill his former girlfriend and sister in 2015, and said ‘he wanted the police to kill him’, the Marshals said. Service.

A warrant was issued May 2 for Vicky White, charging her with enabling or facilitating a first-degree escape.

Family, colleagues shocked by escape plot

Family members and colleagues of Vicky White said they were stunned. Singleton said it looks like the plan has been in the works for some time. Prison inmates said the two had a special relationship and she treated Casey White better than the other inmates.

In recent months, she has purchased a rifle and shotgun and was also known to have a handgun, U.S. Marshal Keely said. She also sold her house – for about half the market value – and bought an orange 2007 Ford Edge that she hid in a strip mall with no license plates.

“This escape was obviously well planned and calculated. A lot of preparation went into it. They had a lot of resources, had money, had vehicles,” Singleton said.

On what Vicky White said was her last day on the job, video showed the couple drive from jail to the mall, where they picked up the Ford and drove off, he said.