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Dramatic police footage has captured the moment capital murder suspect Casey Cole White was apprehended in Indiana and the body of his prison guard lover Vicky White was removed from their wrecked vehicle.
A 10-day nationwide manhunt for Ms. White, a 56-year-old corrections officer from Alabama, and White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting trial for murder, will ended Monday night in a car chase and crash in Evansville. Ms White died from what a coroner ruled was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and White was taken into police custody.
While handcuffed, White reportedly told officers to help his “wife” and insisted he not shoot her. The couple reportedly had a romantic relationship for around two years, but police said they were not married.
Meanwhile, Ms White’s last words came to light in a chilling 911 call where she said ‘let’s get out and run’ and accuses White of wanting to stay ‘at motel af******’ moments before to apparently shoot himself in the head.
An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face growing questions about how the fugitives evaded capture for more than a week.
Motel owner denies fugitive couple stayed on his property
The owner of the motel – where the Cadillac linked to Vicky White and Casey White was seen – denied seeing the fugitives and claimed he did not know if they were staying on his property.
Paul Shah was quoted as saying by CNN that “I never saw these people on my property.” He did, however, say it was possible they were visiting someone at Motel 41 in Evansville. “Nothing happened in my parking lot,” Mr Shah said, referring to the capture of the two on Monday afternoon.
He said he hadn’t seen the news of the two’s research and was surprised that anything was going on in that area. “This is one of the safest neighborhoods in this city.”
Maroosha MuzaffarMay 12, 2022 02:30
Fugitive’s trial for 2015 murder set to begin in June
Casey White’s murder trial will begin in June, we have learned.
After an emergency hearing on Tuesday in the momentous case against White for the 2015 murder of Ridgeway, his son Austin Williams was quoted as saying by CNN that the capture of the fugitive was a “huge relief” and that “it felt like a miracle”.
Mr Williams said: “I’ve been waiting a long time, just waiting a little longer, I think it will be fine. They did the right thing by getting him to Donaldson as soon as possible and I’m looking forward to the trial date.
“It didn’t look very promising at all,” he said. “They had a head start, not a lot of leads and all that and just felt like a really good plan and it turns out they didn’t, which worked, thankfully.”
White escaped from prison in Alabama on April 29 and was captured Monday in Evansville, Indiana.
Maroosha MuzaffarMay 12, 2022 01:30
Coroner’s office confirms prison guard committed suicide
An Indiana coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Vicky White, a former corrections officer accused of helping an Alabama prisoner escape, committed suicide.
The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office concluded that Ms White had taken her own life.
Police said the two also had a cache of weapons on them – four handguns and several semi-automatic weapons, including an AR-15. Ms White died after being shot in the head during a dramatic police chase as her inmate lover Casey White surrendered to authorities and is now back in custody.
Mr White is also said to have referred to Ms White as his ‘wife’.
Maroosha MuzaffarMay 12, 2022 12:30 a.m.
The fugitive couple’s end goal revealed
What was the end goal of double murder suspect Casey White and correctional officer Vicky White, who helped him escape?
According to the police, it was to have a shooting.
Rachel Sharp shares more about the couple’s plan in her story below:
Graig GraziosiMay 11, 2022 11:30 p.m.
Vicky White and her lover practiced the “dry run” of a prison escape
Two officials told The Associated Press that Ms White, 56, bailed the 38-year-old capital murder suspect out of Lauderdale County Jail for 40 minutes and then back to his cell.
It’s unclear exactly when the dry run took place but, after being an apparent success, the couple then hit it off for the real thing on April 29.
Nathan SquareMay 11, 2022 10:40 p.m.
A treasure trove of guns and nearly $30,000 in cash were found in the fugitives’ car
Police found a treasure trove of firearms — including an AR-15 — along with $30,000 in cash inside the vehicle that double murder suspect Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White were using to attempt to evade capture.
U.S. Marshals ran the car off the road and overturned it on Monday while pursuing the couple.
Mr White said he had hoped to use the guns to shoot with the police.
Graig GraziosiMay 11, 2022 10:30 p.m.
The fugitive couple had been in Evansville, Indiana since May 3
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Casey White and Vicky White have been in Evansville since May 3.
The fugitive duo had been on the run for 10 days when they were finally arrested by police on Monday.
Mr Wedding said: ‘It’s hard to believe they’ve been here for so many days, but we’re lucky to have stumbled upon them.’
Casey White was captured by police after a chase and a car accident.
The Alabama prison inmate, who faces double murder charges and was serving a 75-year sentence, was returned to prison.
Lauderdale County, Alabama Sheriff Rick Singleton said “he will be in a cell alone. He’ll be handcuffed and shackled while he’s in this cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it. He will never come out of this prison again. I assure you.
Maroosha MuzaffarMay 11, 2022 9:35 p.m.
Alabama governor expresses relief that manhunt for fugitives is over
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said she was relieved the hunt for Casey White and Vicky White was over.
“I am thrilled that they are no longer a negative force in our society,” she said in a statement. “I commend law enforcement for their efforts and the public for providing guidance that helped bring this case to a close.”
She previously offered two $5,000 rewards to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the fugitives.
Graig GraziosiMay 11, 2022 9:15 p.m.
Casey White’s ex-lawyer says ‘no way’ he could have planned the escape
A former attorney for murder suspect Casey White, who managed to break out of prison and evade police for 10 days with the help of Alabama correctional officer Vicky White, says he there was ‘no way’ his former client planned the full escape plan.
His former attorney, Dale Bryant, spoke to WHNT, telling the outlet that White suffered from a mental illness that makes him impulsive and a threat to people outside of a structured and controlled environment.
“This plan, this escape has been detailed. It was thorough,” Mr. Bryant said. “Escaping, in general, is exactly what Casey wants to do, is get out of jail, isn’t it?” But it’s well thought out and the planning is, again, nothing that’s Casey’s norm.
Graig GraziosiMay 11, 2022 9:00 p.m.
Vicky White’s body returned to Alabama
A Vanderburgh County, Indiana coroner confirmed to WTVA that the body of Corrections Officer Vicky White was returned to Alabama.
Ms White helped murder suspect Casey White escape from prison before the couple went on the run for 10 days. Eventually, police caught up with the couple in Indiana and pulled their car off the road. Ms White died by suicide after shooting herself in the head inside the car.
Graig GraziosiMay 11, 2022 8:35 p.m.