A former Alabama jailer and suspect in the murder she is accused of escaping from custody were detained Monday in Indiana after more than a week of escape, law enforcement officials said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said two fugitives had been caught near Evansville, Indiana, after U.S. marshals chased White’s pickup truck that crashed. Casey White surrendered and Vicki White was taken to hospital, Singleton said. In Indiana, Vanderburg County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Vicki White shot herself after the chase and suffered serious injuries.
“Casey White and Vicki White are in custody,” Singleton said. “It ended a very long, stressful and difficult week and a half. It ended the way we knew it. They are in custody. “
The two have been the subject of a nationwide hunt since April 29, when Vicki White, assistant director of the Lauderdale County Jail, allegedly helped design the escape of Casey White, who was awaiting trial for murder. Vicki White told colleagues she was taking the inmate out of jail for a mental health examination at the courthouse, but instead they escaped from the area.
At the time of his escape, Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other charges.
“Today we took a dangerous man off the street. He will never see the world of the day again. This is good not only for our community. This is good for our country, ”Singleton said.
Family members and colleague Vicki White said they were stunned by her participation. Singleton said looking back it seems the plan has been in the works for some time. Prison inmates said they had a special relationship, and she gave Casey White better treatment than the other inmates. She recently sold her home and spoke to Casey White while he was in state jail.
On May 2, a warrant was issued for Vicki Sue White, accusing her of allowing or facilitating first-degree escape.
The pickup was found Monday in Evansville, Indiana, after U.S. marshals received a tip Sunday that a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck was spotted at a car wash in town, the marshals service said. Surveillance photos show a man who is very similar to Casey White getting out of the car at the car wash, officials said.
Investigators believe the pickup was stolen in Tennessee and then taken about 275 miles to Evansville, a law enforcement spokesman told the Associated Press. The official was unable to publicly discuss the details of the investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Federal and local law enforcement also learned that Casey White threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and sister in 2015 and said he “wanted the police to kill him,” the Marshals Service said. Investigators said they had contacted them about the threats and were taking steps to ensure their safety.
Associated Press writer Mike Balzamo contributed from Washington.