Casey White Showed No Emotion or Remorse, Sheriff Says

Live Updates
  • Recaptured fugitive Casey White returned to Alabama late Tuesday, where he will face new charges of escape.
  • Vicky White's death has been declared a suicide after an autopsy Tuesday.
  • An 11-day manhunt for Casey White and Vicky White ended Monday after a crash in a field in Evansville, Indiana during a police pursuit.
  • Vicky White, an Alabama corrections officer, helped Casey White escape from Lauderdale County Jail, he was facing charges of attempted murder.
  • The two are not related, despite the same last name, they reportedly share a "special relationship."
  • Casey White has been moved to an Alabama state prison after being charged with first-degree escape.

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Casey, Vicky White
U.S. Marshals Service, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office via AP

Casey Could be Charged with Vicky's Murder, Prosecutor Says

Casey White could be charged with Vicky White's murder.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear officially ruled her death a suicide from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

According to WAAY, if prosecutors decide to charge Casey White with murder of Vicky White, it would likely be the first time this will be attempted in Alabama.

Casey White is already facing a capital murder trial. Investigators in Lauderdale County are also revisiting a 2008 case in which Casey White was present during his ex-girlfriend's suicide.

On Tuesday, Casey White was charged with first-degree escape, one of the delineated offenses in the felony murder statute, according to WAAY.

"In the course of the escape, if either Vicky or Casey White caused the death of any person, to include themselves, that's how it reads," former prosecutor Jay Town told WAAY. "By reading the statute, it is possible to charge Casey white with felony murder, and my guess is this would be a matter of first impression."

Town said he could not find a case in which a person who died by suicide and the co-conspirator was charged with their murder. However, "it doesn't mean it's not legally possible," Town said.

Casey White Showed No Emotion or Remorse, Sheriff Says

When Casey White returned to Lauderdale County, Alabama Tuesday night, he showed no emotion, the Sheriff said.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said White showed "no remorse" during his arraignment in court Tuesday night.

"He didn't say a word and I didn't really say anything to him,'' Singleton said, according to AL.com. "He seemed blank. No emotion. No remorse. Nothing."

Singleton added that county jails are not designed to house "these kinds of inmates" long-term.

"The shorter period of time we can have someone like Casey White in there, the better off we are," he told reporters.

Vicky's Ex-Husband Died Earlier This Year

Vicky White's ex-husband died earlier this year, according to the Associated Press, though specific details surrounding his death were not provided.

White divorced her ex-husband in 1991. In an interview with AP, her former mother-in-law Frances White described Vicky as "kind" and helpful, but sometimes "private."

"I just can't picture Vicky running off with that man [Casey White]," Frances White told the outlet. "Vicky was a person who kept all of her thoughts and troubles to herself."

Her former mother-in-law told AP that Vicky had no children.

Deputies were in communication with Vicky's mother Pat Davis during the manhunt, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, adding Davis was "extremely cooperative" with the investigation. Singleton said Davis was just as "shocked and distraught" as "we all are," hours before the police chase Monday.

White and Davis lived next door to each other and were close, AP reports, seeing each other "every day." The last time Davis spoke with her daughter was April 29, the day Vicky helped Casey White escape.

Questions Remain After Vicky's Death Ruled a Suicide

Vicky White's death has officially been ruled a suicide, Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear announced following an autopsy Tuesday.

Lockyear said that White died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Prior to the autopsy, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office said White shot herself after leading police on a chase in Evansville, Indiana on Monday afternoon. The chase ended in a crash and White was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Her death has only raised more questions as investigators piece together why she helped Casey White escape jail and took her own life. The case has caused an "emotional rollercoaster" within the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Rick Singleton has said. Singleton said Vicky's involvement in Casey's escape and the turn of events were especially shocking as she was an "exemplary employee."

Vicky White
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office via AP

Casey White Charged with First Degree Escape, Sent to State Prison

After he was apprehended by police and waived his extradition Indiana, Casey White was transported back to Alabama.

White arrived back at the Lauderdale County courthouse Tuesday night around 10 p.m. for his arraignment.

According to WAAY, Judge Ben Graves told White he was formally charged with escape in the first degree. The hearing for the escape is set for a later date. White's capital murder trial is planned for June 13.

White left the courthouse shortly after he arrived to be transferred to the Donaldson Correction Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.

Audio Released of Vicky's 911 Call During Pursuit

Vicky White called 911 as she and Casey White led police on chase in Evansville, Indiana that ended in a crash and led to the capture of Casey. Authorities released the audio of the call before Vicky White shot herself.

In it, Vicky White is heard saying to Casey, "airbags are going off, let's get out and run."

She is heard screaming as police sirens blare in the distance. An officer is heard saying she [Vicky] had a "gun in her hand, she got her finger on the trigger. I don't know how we're gonna get that away from her."

Pictures show the aftermath of the crash and damaged Cadillac. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Vicky White was behind the wheel and Casey White was in the passenger's seat during the pursuit. Authorities crashed into the Cadillac, ending the pursuit and capturing Casey White after the 11-day manhunt. Vicky White had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was taken to hospital where she later died.

Vicky, Casey White Cadillac
The Cadillac Vicky White and Casey White were in when leading police on a chase May 9. WAAY-TV

Video Shows First Responders Pulling Vicky White From Car

Evansville Police also released footage of the moments first responders pulled Vicky White out of the wrecked vehicle after the police chase.

Officers approached the vehicle that was rammed into a ditch off the side of the road. Vicky White's side of the car was crushed.

One officer grabbed a gun on the seat next to White's seemingly lifeless body. This is likely the gun White used to shoot herself before police arrived.

After the officer declared the "scene's safe," White's body was pulled from the vehicle.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said life-saving measures were performed on scene before White was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Police Dashcam Footage Shows Casey White's Capture

Police dashcam video shows the moment Casey White was apprehended after a police chase in Indiana May 9.

The footage, released by the Evansville Police Department, captured the moment after the police pursuit ended with police ramming Casey White and Vicky White's vehicle into a ditch.

On the video, police pulled Casey White from the car, handcuffed him and patted him down.

Casey White Imagined a 'Suicide by Cop' Shootout, Sheriff Says

During an interview with police, Casey White said he envisioned going out in a "suicide by cop" shootout.

"However, that plan was foiled when the law enforcement vehicle made contact with the Cadillac," the Vanderburgh Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Sheriff Dave Wedding told reporters in a press conference Tuesday that White was ready for a shootout with law enforcement and had several firearms in his vehicle.

"Two dangerous criminals have been captured and no innocent civilians or law enforcement personnel were seriously injured during the process," Wedding said in a statement.

Sheriff Found Camping Gear in Cadillac

Camping and survival gear was found inside the vehicle Casey White and Vicky White drove during a police chase Monday.

Inside of the Cadillac, investigators found firearms, including handguns and an AR-15 style riffle, extra magazines, a duty belt with handcuffs and a TASER, according to a newly released statement from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.

There was also a large sum of cash and camping gear, including a tent.

Vicky, Casey May Have Paid Someone to Book Motel, Sheriff Says

Vicky and Casey White may have paid someone to check into the motel in Evansville for them.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told CNN that Casey and Vicky White tried to check into the motel but could not get a room because they did not have identification.

According to preliminary information, someone else may have helped them book the room, he said.

Vicky, Casey White Motel
Exterior of the 41 Motel where fugitives Casey White and Vicky White were reportedly staying in Evansville, Ind., Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

Authorities are investigating whether a third person was involved, Wedding said, but said there are no other suspects in the case. He said there are no plans to charge anyone else in the investigation at this time.

The manager of the motel told News Nation reporter Brian Entin that he did not check in Vicky or Casey White. He said "a local guy" checked in for them, adding that the police told him not to give out the name.

Wedding said Vicky and Casey White paid a homeless man to book the room motel for them, Entin reported.

Casey White Expected to be Brought Back to Alabama Tuesday

Casey White is expected to be brought back to Alabama Tuesday.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told Fox News that Lauderdale County Sheriff's deputies were on their way to Evansville, Indiana Tuesday morning to take White into custody.

"I expect him to be back in Lauderdale County by the end of the day," he said.

Once White is returned to Alabama, he will appear at court for an arraignment hearing and then will be immediately taken to an Alabama state prison, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

An emergency status conference was called Tuesday related to White's capital murder trial after he was taken into custody in Indiana.

Once White returns, he is expected to will go to the Alabama Department of corrections.

"White won't be held another hour at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility," Lauderdale County Judge Ben Graves said during the hearing.

White is currently serving a 75-year prison sentence for a number of violent crimes that took place in 2015—including a home invasion, vehicle theft and a police chase—when he allegedly confessed to the murder of Ridgeway in 2020, according to police. He later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

He is likely to face new charges for his escape from the jail in Lauderdale County.

Shock Within Sheriff's Office as Case Unfolded

The involvement of a corrections officer orchestrating the escape of an inmate, followed by a days-long manhunt and the death of Vicky White caused an "emotional roller coaster" inside the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

Vicky White was an Alabama corrections officer and former assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Jail. Her co-workers watched the case unfold as she orchestrated what officials have called a "well thought-out escape" of inmate Casey White.

The 11-day manhunt revealed what now appear to be suspicious financial moves, including Vicky selling her home days before the April 29 escape. Monday, a police chase ended with the discovery of Vicky White with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head, she later died at the hospital.

Sheriff Singleton told WAAY-TV the nearly 50 employees of the Lauderdale County Detention Center have continued working despite watching the shocking turn of events. Singleton said the team is grieving the outcome.

"I'm very disappointed it ended this way with Vicky taking her own life," Singleton told WAAY-TV Tuesday. "That's not something we would've wished on her. We did want her to come back and face the charges."

Prior to her capture Monday, Singleton expressed his disbelief in Vicky's involvement. He said he was "disturbed" and "disappointed" as this wasn't the Vicky "any of us knew."

Counselors were on hand at the jail Tuesday to provide grief counseling. Now, investigators piece together the mystery of why Vicky went to such great lengths to help Casey escape then took her own life.

"That's one of the hard things about this job, law enforcement or corrections, when you lose one of your own, the world doesn't stop," Singleton told WAAY-TV. "You gotta keep on."

Vicky White Voted Employee of the Year Before Going on the Run

Vicky White was voted employee of the year before going on the run last week.

News Nation reporter Brian Entin said White was voted corrections employee of the year in Lauderdale County. The awards ceremony is reportedly scheduled for next week.

The Sheriff said the corrections staff is "taking the news of Vicky's death hard," Entin reported.

White had previously won that award four times, according to The New York Times.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton described White as an "exemplary employee" with an "unblemished record."

"All of her co-workers are devastated," he said while she was still on the run with Casey White. "We've never had any situation like this with Vicky White. She was a model employee."

Vicky White's motive for allegedly aiding the convict remains unclear.

Vicky, Casey Not Married Despite Calling Her His 'Wife'

Despite Casey White calling Vicky White his "wife," the two are not married and have no relation.

The escaped fugitive told authorities "my wife" shot herself as the two were captured Monday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Vicky White suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after Monday's police car chase, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said during a press conference. Officials do not believe that Casey shot Vicky.

Vicky's death has raised more questions into the case as police continue investigating a motive for her involvement. Further details surrounding her death are anticipated following an autopsy Tuesday.

Casey White presser
Vandenburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, right, refers to a photograph during a press conference in Evansville, In., Tuesday, May 10, 2022, about the capture of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

Motel, Sheriff's Office Two Miles Apart

The Evansville motel where Casey White and Vicky White purchased a 14-day stay was within view of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department, WAFF-TV reports.

The former Motel 6 and sheriff's office are located within about two miles from each other, on opposite sides of U.S. 41. The pair had been staying at the motel for six days before being caught Monday.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspects in the motel parking lot. Casey White and Vicky White were spotted getting into the car and taking off, which led to their capture.

Sheriff Calls Fugitives' Plan 'Faulty'

Vicky and Casey White bought the F-150 truck and drove to Evansville and then bought the Cadillac, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said.

Evansville Police said they ran a plate for the truck on May 2 and then inspected it at the car wash on May 4. Police then had to wait 48 hours to tow the vehicle.

Wedding said their plan was "faulty."

Casey, Vicky White Vehicle
Vandenburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, right, refers to a photograph during a press conference in Evansville, In., Tuesday, May 10, 2022, about the capture of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

Casey White will be returned to Alabama, after he waived his extradition. Wedding said authorities will not provide details when White will be moved back to Alabama. He will not face charges in Indiana, as he faces more serious charges in Alabama, Wedding said.

The investigation is still ongoing, Wedding said. The U.S. Marshals Service, Indiana State Police, Evansville Police, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement officers from Alabama and Mississippi, the FBI and "agencies in between," are involved.

Casey White Showed No Remorse for Vicky's Death, Sheriff Says

At this time, Wedding said officials do not believe Casey White shot Vicky White. He said more details about her death will be shared after the coroner performs the autopsy later today.

Vicky White had shot herself as officers approached the vehicle, before they could take her into custody, Wedding said.

Sheriff With Photo of Casey White
Vandenburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding holds up a photo of captured Alabama escapee Casey White during a press conference at the Vandenburgh County Sheriff's Office in Evansville, In., Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

Wedding said the two were not married and that Casey White showed "no remorse" for Vicky's death during his interview with police.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said $29,000 and a few wigs were found in Vicky and Casey White's vehicle.

Casey Prepared for 'Shootout' With Police, Sheriff Says

During a press conference, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Vicky and Casey White booked and paid for a 14-day stay in a hotel that was used to be a Motel 6.

After a local officer noticed a car matching the suspects' car in the hotel parking lot.

The hotel was under surveillance and police saw the suspects fled the hotel north-bound on Highway 41.

A police pursuit ensued, and Wedding said officers "rammed" the suspects' vehicle into a ditch.

Had they not done that, Wedding said he believes the suspects would have engaged in a "shootout" with law enforcement.

"Our quick thinking may have saved many deputies, fellow law enforcements lives," Wedding said during the briefing. "I want to bring my people home, I don't care about fugitives' lives."

Wedding said that several weapons were found in the vehicle, including four handguns, a semiautomatic gun and an AR-15 shotgun.

Guns in White's Vehicle
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding shows a photograph of the weapons that were found in the possession of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White following their capture during a press conference in Evansville, Ind., Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

WATCH: County Sheriff to Give Press Conference

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department will hold a press conference shortly to provide and update on the Casey White and Vicky White case.

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The press conference is expected to begin at 11 a.m. CDT, 12 p.m. EST.

Casey White was taken into custody in Evansville, Indiana and was booked by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff.

The press conference will stream live on local WEVV News and Tristate local WEHT WTVW.

Casey White Waives Extradition, Will Return to Alabama

Casey White will be sent back to Alabama after waiving his extradition in Indiana.

White appeared in court hearing in Vanderburgh County, Indiana via video link Tuesday.

"I want to go back to Alabama," he said, when asked whether he wanted to have his extradition hearing or waive his right and go back to Alabama.

White was surrounded by several jail deputies during the hearing, according to WEEV.

There is no date set for his return to Alabama for his capital murder trial.

Casey White Cooperating With Authorities

Casey White is cooperating with the investigation and has been interviewed extensively since his arrest Monday, authorities told ABC News.

White was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, Indiana at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday. White will return to Lauderdale County for his arraignment, U.S. Marshal Marty Keely told Good Morning America. White will then be moved to the Alabama Department of Corrections, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.

The death of Vicky White has raised more questions in the case as authorities continue to investigate why she helped Casey White escape. The two were tracked down in Evansville, Indiana after a manhunt spanning three states over 11 days. Casey White surrendered, and Vicky White was taken to the hospital due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. She later died.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding will provide an update on the investigation from Evansville at 11 a.m. CT.

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The hunt for Casey White and Vicky White has ended. Police have apprehended Casey White while Vicky White has died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office

Vicky White Autopsy Scheduled Today

The autopsy for Vicky White is scheduled for Tuesday, according to officials.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear told local media that White died at Deaconess Hospital Monday.

According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, White suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after a police car chase. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and eventually died from her injuries.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service are investigating the death, Lockyear said.

Vicky White
This photo provided by Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office in April 2022 shows former Correctional Officer Vicky White. The death of the Alabama jailer found shot in the head with a gun in her hand after a weeklong manhunt has only deepened the mystery of why a trusted official would help free a hulking murder suspect with a violent and frightening history. Vicky White, 56, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Monday, May 9, 2022, after Casey White, 38, gave up without a fight in Evansville, Ind. The fugitives had spent more than a week on the run. Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office via AP

New Mugshot of Casey White Released

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office released the mugshot of recaptured inmate Casey White overnight Tuesday, following an 11-day manhunt.

The 38-year-old escaped fugitive was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder when he escaped on April 29 from an Alabama detention center with the help of corrections officer Vicky White, of no relation.

"We got a dangerous man off the street today," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday. "He is never going to see the light of day again. That is a good thing, for not just our community. That's a good thing for our country."

Casey White mugshot
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office via AP

Vicky White Dead After Gunshot Wound

Vicky White is dead after authorities say she shot herself in the head while being apprehended by authorities earlier Monday.

The Alabama corrections officer who allegedly helped murder suspect Casey White escape died at 7:06 p.m., reports WHNT, citing the Vanderburgh County Coroner in Indiana.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding earlier said on Anderson Cooper 360 he didn't expect her to survive overnight because of the serious gunshot injury.

Casey White was hospitalized with less serious injuries after being brought into custody earlier.

Casey White Says His 'Wife' Shot Herself

Escaped fugitive Casey White announced that his "wife" shot herself as authorities closed in on him and Vicky White, the corrections officers accused of breaking him out, a U.S. Marshals Service officer said.

U.S. Marshal Martin Keely made the statement on Anderson Cooper 360 following the duo's capture in Indiana that ended with Vicky White shooting herself in the head. Vicky White is currently hospitalized with serious injuries.

The remark potentially sheds new light on the unusual relationship between the corrections officer and prisoner, who are unrelated, despite sharing the same last name.

Previously, it was reported that Vicky White, a, Lauderdale County corrections officer, developed a "special relationship" with Casey White, who was incarcerated in the county jail on murder charges.

Vicky White reportedly gave Casey White extra food and other privileges. However, it's unclear if the two had been romantically involved.

Man Who Tipped off Police 'Knew How It Was Gonna End'

A sharp-eyed carwash manager in Evansville, Indiana provided the key tip to law enforcement that led to the arrest of Casey White and Vicky White.

James Stinson told NewsNation that he noticed last week an unusual truck parked at the carwash for an extended period of time. On Sunday, he checked surveillance video at the carwash and recognized Casey White and Vicky White.

"I walked up to the truck and went, 'Oh my God, it's probably this guy from Alabama,'" said Stinson, who placed a tip to the U.S. Marshal Service.

Authorities apprehended the the pair in a grassy area after they attempted to flee. The high-speed chase ended with truck rolling over.

"I knew that was how it was gonna end," said Stinson. "I knew either that or one local cop could've pulled him over, he would have shot and killed him. It took a team of law enforcement to do this."