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New questions arise after audio of Vicky White’s last moments released, Casey White returns to prison, emotionless

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The 38-year-old escaped inmate, on the run for 11 days with 56-year-old jail supervisor Vicky White who took her own life as law enforcement closed in on them in Indiana, had a brief arraignment on his escape charge once he returned to Alabama and quickly was sent on his way to William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. (Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office)


Carol Robinson

al.com

Capital murder suspect Casey Cole White was returned to Alabama Tuesday night, saying nothing to a gaggle of shouting reporters as he entered, and later exited, the Lauderdale County courthouse.

The 38-year-old escaped inmate, on the run for 11 days with 56-year-old jail supervisor Vicky White who took her own life as law enforcement closed in on them in Indiana, had a brief arraignment on his escape charge once he returned to Alabama.

He was then quickly was sent on his way to William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County.

Sheriff Rick Singleton said he is relieved to see Casey White sent back to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

“County jails are not designed to house these kinds of inmates on a long-term basis,’’ Singleton said Tuesday night. “The shorter period of time we can have someone like Casey White in there, the better off we are.”

The sheriff said Casey White was mum during the brief court appearance on his new escape charge.

“He didn’t say a word and I didn’t really say anything to him,’’ Singleton said late Tuesday. “He seemed blank. No emotion. No remorse. Nothing.”

Here is full coverage of the search for Vicky White and Casey White

Casey White and Vicky White, who authorities said had a “jailhouse romance” for up to two years, left the Lauderdale County courthouse on April 29 under the guise that Vicky White was taking the inmate to a mental health court appearance that official later learned was never scheduled.

They remain on the run and the subjects of a nationwide manhunt until Monday afternoon when U.S. Marshals and law enforcement officers in Evansville, Ind., located the couple at a motel, followed them and eventually became involved in a short vehicle pursuit that ended with the suspects involved in a rollover crash.

It was then, authorities said, that Vicky White shot herself in the head. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Video released by Indiana authorities on Tuesday showed the arrest of Casey White, and showed as law enforcement officers pulled Vicky White from the crashed vehicle, where she was unresponsive and still clutching a handgun.

At a press conference earlier Tuesday, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Sheriff Dave Wedding said had the pair not crashed, Casey White planned to “engage in a shootout” with law enforcement “at the stake of both of them losing their lives.”

Wedding said the two arrived in Indiana six days prior to being apprehended and paid to stay 14 days at an Evansville motel.

“They thought they’d driven long enough. They wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings straight and then figure out the next place to travel,” the sheriff said.

After the crash, authorities found $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle. They also found extra magazines for each weapon, and a duty belt (equipped with handcuffs, a TASER, and handcuffs, and camping/ survival gear.

“During the interview with investigators, Casey White indicated that he envisioned a “suicide by cop” style shootout with police; however, that plan was foiled when the law enforcement vehicle made contact with the Cadillac,” a sheriff’s office statement read.

Lauderdale County sheriff’s deputies left Alabama at 11 a.m. Tuesday, almost immediately after Casey White waived extradition in Indiana, to bring him back to Alabama.

Singleton said he had already made prior arrangements to have him taken immediately back to Donaldson prison where he will continue to serve his 75-year sentence on a 2015 crime spree.

Casey White in February 2019 was convicted of a total of nine charges, including trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping her two roommates.

Other charges included first degree robbery, first degree burglary, third degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude.

He is awaiting a capital murder trial in the Lauderdale County in the slaying of 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway during a burglary. That also happened in 2015.

His former attorney, Dale Bryant, told AL.com earlier that Casey White detests Donaldson prison – where he was stabbed on three different occasions – and has desperate to get out.

“He was miserable at Donaldson,’’ Bryant said.

“I’m not saying he didn’t have anything to do with the Connie Ridgeway murder, but I think that’s the reason why he’s confessing to it, to get out of that prison to get to another prison.”

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