Vanderburgh County, IN – The Vanderburgh County coroner ruled Vicky White’s gunshot wound to the head was a suicide on Tuesday and authorities released audio of the 911 call she made as she and the prisoner she helped escape from an Alabama jail attempted to flee police on Monday (video below).
The final moments of the 11-day manhunt were recorded by police dispatchers who could hear former Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White “saying that she had her finger on the trigger,” WKRN reported.
Dashcam video showed law enforcement officials taking Casey White to the ground when the six-foot, nine-inch convicted violent felon was removed from the wrecked Cadillac that was flipped into a ditch when a U.S. marshal rammed it with his vehicle, NBC News reported.
He told authorities that his wife had just shot herself.
Vicky White and Casey White were not related and were never married, according to officials.
The video showed officers dragging the huge 38-year-old escapee from the wrecked vehicle and then putting him on the hood of the police car for a pat down.
Newly-released bodycam video showed officers spotted a gun in Vicky White’s hand when they cut her from the wrecked sedan.
“Got the gun in her hand?” an officer asked.
“Yeah, it’s right there, watch it,” another officer replied in the video.
Vicky White, 56, was removed from the crashed car and transported to a nearby hospital where she died.
Casey White, who is serving a 75 year prison sentence and facing unrelated murder charges, was returned to a state prison in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon and charged with first-degree escape, NBC News reported.
Authorities said he’ll likely face additional charges from the wild chase in Indiana that left Vicky White dead.
“We’ll be looking at another state and possibly federal charges on that incident that involved the death of Vicky White,” Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told NBC News.
Investigators said the pair was carrying an arsenal and were prepared for a shootout if they were captured.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said that the marshal who stopped their vehicle with his own in Evansville, Indiana may have stopped a bloodbath, NBC News reported.
“That action may have saved many of my deputies and fellow law enforcement officers’ lives,” Sheriff Wedding said.
Investigators also found a large stash of weapons, multiple wigs, $29,000 in cash, and camping gear in the Whites’ wrecked Cadillac, NBC News reported.
Authorities have also re-opened the investigation of the 2008 death of murder defendant Casey White’s former girlfriend.
Casey White 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 Casey White had escaped from custody with a jail official, 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.
Authorities believe Casey White and Vicky White swapped the sheriff’s patrol vehicle that they left the jail in on April 29 for a Ford Edge SUV at a shopping plaza located about eight minutes away before fleeing the area.
Vicky White was supposedly transporting the capital murder defendant to the courthouse for a hearing when they both disappeared, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on the afternoon of April 29.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton released a statement on Thursday that said Vicky White had been in contact with Casey White for two years while he was incarcerated in a state prison in Donaldson, WVTM reported.
“He was here in 2020 for an arraignment and preliminary hearing, and when he finished that, he went back to state prison,” Sheriff Singleton said. “We do know they remained in touch while he was in state prison.”
The sheriff said prison records revealed Vicky White regularly spoke to Casey White on the phone while he was incarcerated, NBC News reported.
Casey White was serving a sentence of 75 years for violent crime convictions.
The Lauderdale County district attorney told ABC News that investigators had determined that Vicky White withdrew about $90,000 in cash from area banks prior to helping Casey White escape.
Vicky White had filed her retirement papers with the sheriff’s department a day before she disappeared with Casey White.
Court records showed she sold her house far below market value on April 18, NBC News reported.
Watch their apprehension unfold in the videos below:
Dashcam video shows the moments after Alabama murder suspect and fugitive Casey White was apprehended in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday following a police chase that ended in a crash. https://t.co/TyXfWqWvaL pic.twitter.com/3wpQ8oY3Tk
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