by Kim Chandler and Mike Balsamo
An Indiana sheriff said the murder suspect and his jailer, who evaded officers for more than a week after getting out of an Alabama lockup, had $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle and when they If caught, they were ready to shoot, an Indiana sheriff said. Tuesday
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said absconding criminal Casey White showed no remorse over the death of prison officer Vicky White, who was found mortally wounded Monday with a gun in his hand after a brief car chase. Officials do not believe Casey White shot Vicky White, but a coroner will make a final determination, he said.
Casey White, 38, surrendered without a fight and said he did not kill the woman he called his wife. He appeared via video Tuesday in an Indiana courtroom where he waived extradition, and officials said he would be swiftly deported back to Alabama.
The end of the search operation did nothing to answer the questions surrounding the jailbreak: Why did a long-respected prison officer drop everything to help him escape a dangerous felony on the eve of his retirement? What did he do while he was avoiding the authorities for almost eleven days? And when he was finally cornered, did he really pull the trigger to end his life?
The sheriff of Evansville, Indiana, said 56-year-old Vicky White was pronounced dead at a hospital on Monday after she was driving a Cadillac that was pushed into a ditch by members of the US Marshals Task Force. They were about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the Alabama prison where he was awaiting trial for murder.
Jamie Posse, an attorney representing White in that case, declined comment Tuesday, saying he was still trying to figure out what happened in Indiana.
NBC’s “Today” show reported Tuesday that Federal Marshals said Casey White told officers at the scene, “Please help my wife. She just shot herself in the head and I didn’t. Officials said That the two whites were not related, let alone married.
Before Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockier announced his death, the sheriff in Alabama said he expected an answer from his once trusted prison employee.
“I had complete faith in Vicky White. She has been an exemplary employee. What in the world inspired him to do stunts like this? I don’t know I don’t know if we’ll ever know,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
Officers stopped after the car wash manager said he told US Marshals on Sunday that a man resembling Casey White had been recorded by a surveillance camera exiting a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The white is 6 feet, 9 inches (2.06 m) tall and weighs about 260 pounds (118 kg).
U.S. Marshal Marty Keeley told “Good Morning America” that after locating the F-150, officers received information that the two may have entered a 2006 Cadillac in a beige color.
“We sent our men to the car wash area and saw the vehicle in a hotel,” Kelly said.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said on “Today” that a US Marshals Task Force member went to investigate, which was followed by a brief chase.
“The chase was very short. It drove into a major artery here in Vanderburgh County and they cut down a parking lot at a large factory. They were in a grassy area so three members of our task force actually hit the vehicle. killed him, pushed him into a ditch causing him to end up on his side. As they approached the vehicle, it was clear that the female driver was unconscious and still had a weapon in her hand. And they killed the killer in the vehicle together. removed from,” said the marriage.
The wedding said it has not been officially determined that Vicky White actually took her own life.
“The coroner’s office will conduct an investigation and they will determine whether it was a self-inflicted gunshot. Initial indications are that it was, but we will not rule out anything until we have a thorough investigation by the coroner.” Don’t get checked.”
Vicky White, assistant director of corrections for prisons in Lauderdale County, began the manhunt on April 29, telling coworkers that she was taking Casey White from prison for a mental health evaluation, who is on trial in a capital murder case. was waiting There was no such appointment.
“We found a dangerous man on the street today. He’s never going to see daylight again. It’s a good thing, not just for our community. It’s a good thing for our country,” Singleton said.
Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other charges at the time of his escape. He was awaiting trial for the stabbing of a 58-year-old woman during a theft in 2015. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Officials said White would be returned to Lauderdale County, Alabama, where he would be tried on the latest charges.
The Marshall Service said federal and local law enforcement officials also learned that Casey White had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister in 2015, saying that “he wanted the police to kill him.”
A warrant was issued on May 2 for Vicky Sue White accusing him of allowing or facilitating an escape in the first degree.
Vicky White’s family members and co-workers said they were stunned. Singleton said it appeared the plan had been in the works for some time. Prison inmates said the two had a special relationship and that he treated Casey White better than other inmates.
Over the past several months, she bought a rifle and a shotgun and was also known to have a handgun, Keeley said. He also sold his home – for about half the market value – and bought a 2007 orange Ford Edge he had kept in a shopping center without a license plate.
“This escape was clearly planned and calculated. It took a lot of preparation. They had a lot of resources, cash, vehicles,” Singleton said.
After Singleton said what Vicky White said would be his last day at work, the video shows the pair walking from prison to the shopping center, where they picked up Ford and left.
Associated Press writer Ken Kusmer contributed from Indianapolis.