Evansville, IN – The Alabama corrections official who helped a violent felon facing murder charges escape from jail died on Monday night from what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained as the couple fled police.
Authorities said that police in Evansville were acting on a tip on May 9 when they spotted 56-year-old former Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Assistant Director of Corrections 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 38-year-old capital murder suspect Casey White (no relation) 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.
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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 May 9.
Authorities have said they do not believe Vicky White and Casey White were ever married, CNN reported.
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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.
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.”
“We were starting from ground zero, and not only that, we started – they got a six-hour head start on us,” he added.
Authorities believe Casey White and Vicky White swapped the sheriff’s patrol vehicle that they left the jail in on April 29 for the Ford 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.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly 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.
Vicky White was initially charged with first-degree permitting or facilitating an escape.