Limestone County, AL – Authorities have re-opened the investigation of the 2008 death of murder defendant Casey White’s former girlfriend.
Casey White, who was apprehended by authorities on Monday after an 11-day manhunt that followed his escape from the Lauderdale County jail with a corrections official, was present when 31-year-old Christy Shelton allegedly killed herself 14 years ago, WAFF reported.
He told authorities at the time that Shelton had committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest with the sawed-off shotgun found at the scene.
But her family said they have always had doubts about what really happened, WAFF reported.
Shelton’s family contacted the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office after the news broke that 56-year-old Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White had helped 38-year-old Casey White (no relation) escape from custody, WAAY reported.
Limestone County Coroner Mike West confirmed that his office has supplied the autopsy report from Shelton’s death to investigators from the sheriff’s office.
Shelton’s daughter, Somer Mitchell, posted a video to social media and explained that she had contacted the sheriff’s department about her mom’s case two years ago and they agreed to look into it.
But she didn’t hear back from them until after the man she believes killed her mother made national headlines for his latest escape.
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is reopening an investigation into the 2008 mysterious death of Casey White’s ex-girlfriend, 31 yr old Christy Shelton, who was shot with a sawed-off shotgun. It was ruled a suicide. Her daughter Somer Mitchell speaks. #CaseyWhite #VickyWhite pic.twitter.com/z7DDFz5cU4
— DeL2000 (@DeL2000) May 6, 2022
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Williamson confirmed that the sheriff’s department was going to re-examine Shelton’s case, WAFF reported.
Casey White and Vicky White were apprehended by authorities in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.
Authorities said that police in Evansville were acting on a tip on May 9 when they spotted Vicky White leaving a hotel, CNN reported.
U.S. Marshal Matt Keely said Vicky White was wearing a wig and she got into a dark grey Cadillac sedan with capital murder suspect Casey White and the pair drove away.
Authorities followed the fugitive couple and a chase ensued, CNN reported.
The 11-day manhunt came to an end when a U.S. marshal crashed his car into the suspects’ Cadillac, causing it to flip over and land in a ditch.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding told reporters that Casey White told investigators that he and Vicky White had planned to have a shoot-out with law enforcement when they were captured, WAAY reported.
He told authorities that the only thing that prevented the gunfight was the Cadillac flipping over into the ditch.
Casey White surrendered to authorities when he was removed from the crashed vehicle, CNN reported.
“Please help my wife. She just shot herself in the head, and I didn’t do it,” Casey White said, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Vicky White was pinned in the vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, CNN reported.
She died in the hospital at about 7 p.m. on April 10.
Authorities have said they do not believe Vicky White and Casey White were ever married, CNN reported.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Vicky White’s gunshot wound may have been self-inflicted but they are waiting on a ruling from Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear, NBC News reported.
“We won’t rule anything out until we have a thorough investigation by the coroner,” Sheriff Wedding said.
No officers fired their weapons during the apprehension, according to the sheriff.
An autopsy was scheduled for May 10, NBC News reported.
Questions about whether Vicky White shot herself have spurred more questions from Shelton’s family about her alleged suicide in Casey White’s presence.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the tip that led to the apprehension of the fugitives came in on Sunday night.
A business owner provided authorities with video of Casey White at a car wash with a black Ford F150 pickup truck in Evansville that had been reported stolen in Williamson County, Tennessee the same day the Ford Edge they used to escape Lauderdale County was found there, NBC News reported.
“We got a dangerous man off the street today,” Sheriff Singleton told reporters on Monday. “He is never going to see the light of day again.”
He said Casey White would be extradited back to Alabama where he still faces murder charges, CNN reported.
“He will be in a cell by himself,” Sheriff Singleton said. “He will stay in handcuffs and shackles while he’s in that cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it. He’s not getting out of this jail again. I’ll assure you that.”
The sheriff said he wasn’t surprised with how the manhunt ended, CNN reported.
“I’ve always expected this outcome,” he said. “I knew we would catch them. It was just a matter of time.”
Sheriff Singleton said most escapes from county jail are spontaneous and happen because an opportunity occurs, CNN reported.
“This escape was obviously well planned and calculated,” the sheriff said. “A lot of preparation went into this. They had plenty of resources, had cash, had vehicles, had everything they needed to pull this off, and that’s what made this last week and a half so challenging.”