The latest on the Alabama fugitive case

By Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes, Aditi Sangal and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 2133 GMT (0533 HKT) May 10, 2022
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3:58 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Casey White's capital murder trial set for June

From CNN’s Nadia Romero and Jaide Timm Garcia

Casey White.
Casey White. (Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

The family of Connie Ridgeway tells CNN they are “relieved” that Casey White was captured as a judge ruled during an emergency status conference that White’s capital murder trial will start in June.

After the emergency hearing on Tuesday regarding the capital case against White for Ridgeway's 2015 murder, her son Austin Williams told CNN’s Nadia Romero that White’s capture was a “huge relief” and “it felt like a miracle.”

White initially confessed to killing Ridgeway until later pleading not guilty. 

Seven years later, Williams said, "I’ve been waiting for a long time, waiting just a little bit longer, I think things will be fine. They did the right thing by getting him over to Donaldson as soon as possible and I’m just looking forward to that trial date."

Williams said he was relieved that White had been caught. 

"It just didn’t look very hopeful at all," he said. "They had a head start not a lot of leads and stuff and just felt like a really good plan and it turns out that they didn’t which was which worked out, fortunately."

During the proceeding, it was discussed that a 72-hour hearing window will begin when Casey White arrives back in Lauderdale County to face a judge after his escape on April 29 and recapture in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.

Judge Ben Graves said, "the court's intention is for Casey White not to be held another hour in our jail." 

White will be transferred to Donaldson Correctional Facility after facing a judge in Lauderdale County, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Singleton. 

Alabama law requires that a person in custody be seen by a judge within 72 hours of their detainment. 

As of now, the capital murder trial is still scheduled for June 13, however, attorneys for White could request more time, causing the trial to be re-scheduled. 

White's attorney, Jamie Poss, submitted one specific request to the court asking for "a few minutes with Casey outside of the court before the hearing proceedings." 

The Judge said White will be heading back to Lauderdale County later today but did not specify the exact time.  

3:29 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Sheriff: Preliminary information suggests someone may have helped rent motel room for fugitives

From CNN’s Omar Jimenez

Preliminary information suggests another person may have assisted in booking the Indiana motel room for the escaped inmate and corrections officer, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said.

Wedding said inmate Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White tried to check into the motel initially, but could not get a room because they did not have identification.

Authorities are investigating whether the couple paid someone to rent the room for them instead, he tells CNN.

The third person is not under investigation, the sheriff said, and there are no other suspects in the caseThere are no plans to charge anyone else in the investigation at this time, the sheriff explained.

The sheriff said later at a news conference that the room was paid for 14 days.

While the investigation is in its early stages, Wedding characterized the motel room as looking like it had been “cleaned out.” 

1:47 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Several weapons, wigs and $29,000 were found on the couple, sheriff says 

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

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, Indiana,  May 10.
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, Indiana, May 10. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

Several weapons, wigs and $29,000 were found as part of evidence connected to the inmate and former corrections officer who were on the run from Alabama, an Indiana sheriff said Tuesday.

Among the weapons in the couple's possession were four handguns, an AR-15 and three magazines, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said during a news conference.

Casey White and Vicky White also had her service belt in their possession.

“Any one of these weapons could have been used to ambush our officers while they were attempting to capture a murder suspect,” Wedding said.

Casey White had paid for a 14-day stay at the motel where a Cadillac associated with the couple was spotted, the sheriff said.

Wedding said the Cadillac was spotted by an Evansville police officer.

The officer “noticed the vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel and notified us immediately.”

After law enforcement set up surveillance, they eventually engaged in a pursuit and rammed the suspects’ car into a ditch, the sheriff said. Law enforcement said they believe Vicky White shot herself when the vehicle crashed.

“We later found out had they not done that, the fugitive was going to engage in a shootout with law enforcement,” Wedding said.

Wedding said it wasn’t until over the weekend that it looked like the pair had been in the area.

“Once again, after six days, it was just hard to believe they were here – I wouldn’t think somebody on the run would stay in a community like Evansville for six days,” he added.

Asked why the pair had stopped in Evansville for so long, the sheriff said, “They thought, you know, they had driven long enough, wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings straight, then figure out their next place to travel.”

Three officers suffered minor injuries during the pursuit, authorities said. Casey White was briefly hospitalized for injuries and later released, authorities said. He was booked into the county jail overnight.

1:35 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Vicky White shot herself as police approached the vehicle, sheriff says

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding confirmed that corrections officer Vicky White shot herself Monday before the police were able to take her into custody.

Law enforcement said they believe she shot herself when the couple's vehicle crashed.

The sheriff said he is deferring to the medical examiner, who is performing the autopsy later today, for the final determination of cause and manner of death.

Life-saving measures were attempted on Vicky White but she suffered “a grave injury,” the sheriff explained.

The Alabama fugitive Casey White allegedly planned to get into a shootout with police if he hadn’t had his car rammed by law enforcement, Wedding told reporters in a news conference.

The sheriff said weapons were recovered from the vehicle, including an AR-15.

CNN's Kristina Sgueglia contributed reporting to this post.

1:50 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

NOW: Officials provide update on capture of Vicky White and Casey White

(CNN)
(CNN)

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding and other officials are giving an update on the arrest of fugitive Casey White.

Casey White, 38, and former corrections officer Vicky White, 56, were taken into custody Monday after a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, officials said.

By the time the chase ended in a wreck and officers approached the car, Vicky White "was unconscious with a gunshot wound to her head, and (Casey White) gave up without incident," the sheriff told CNN earlier Tuesday.

12:16 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Motel manager told authorities he never saw fugitives before they were spotted

From CNN's Omar Jimenez and Melissa Alonso

Paul Shah, the manager of the motel where the Cadillac connected to Vicky White and Casey White was seen, told CNN he never saw the fugitives and didn't know if they were staying on his property.

The pair was captured in Evansville, Indiana, following a car chase with authorities who found them after a tip that came from the public Sunday, CNN has reported.

Shah said it's possible the two were visiting someone who was staying at the hotel or someone else checked into a room for them, but the owner never saw either at the Motel 41 in Evansville. 

According to Shah, US Marshals and local sheriff deputies spoke to him Monday afternoon and showed him a picture of Casey White and Vicky White, but he didn’t recognize them.

"I've never seen those people in my property," Shah told CNN Tuesday. 

Officers conducting surveillance spotted Vicky White exiting a hotel Monday with a wig on, CNN has reported. Then, she and Casey White got into a car and drove away and led US Marshals on a chase.

"Nothing happened in my parking lot," said Shah, referring to Monday's capture of the fugitives.

Shah said he hadn't seen the news of the search for the two and was surprised everything unfolded in this area.

"This is one of the safest area(s) of this town," he said.  

12:19 p.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Vicky White was on the phone with 911 during Indiana chase

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

A tow truck recovers the Cadillac connected to Vicky White and Casey White in Evansville, Indiana, on May 9.
A tow truck recovers the Cadillac connected to Vicky White and Casey White in Evansville, Indiana, on May 9. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press/AP)

Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White was on a 911 call with authorities during the Monday chase in Indiana, according to officials.

In dispatch audio from the Evansville Police Department, a dispatcher can be heard saying “they’re calling into 911.”

“We believe we possibly have them on 911," the dispatcher said later.

​Authorities have not released the audio that they believe contains White's voice.

White, and escaped inmate Casey White, had led authorities on a police chase and subsequent crash in Evansville, Indiana, Monday, US Marshals told CNN. Officers were able to remove the inmate from the wrecked car, but Vicky White was pinned inside with a gunshot wound to her head, they said.

When asked by CNN’s Miguel Marquez if Vicky White was on the phone with 911 during the chase, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said “from what I understand she was.”  

During that call, Vicky White ​indicated she had a gun to her head​, Wedding said.

“When we arrived at the scene she was still in possession of a handgun,” he said. “It had been discharged.”

The dispatcher noted “we could hear her on the line saying she had her finger on the trigger.” 

“We believe that she may have taken her own life,” Wedding said. “But we will wait till the coroner's office examines the body to make a confirmation.”

Vicky White died late Monday, according to Wedding.

11:32 a.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Casey White waives extradition hearing: "I want to go back to Alabama"

From CNN's Omar Jimenez

Casey White waived his extradition hearing Tuesday when he appeared virtually from the Vanderburgh County jail in Evansville, Indiana. White wore a yellow jumpsuit and orange slides, his hair was cut short, appearing buzzed. 

When he was asked whether he wanted to have his extradition hearing or waive his right and go back to Alabama, he said, “I want to go back to Alabama.” 

White signed documentation confirming his waiving of the extradition hearing.

He appeared before Judge Robert Pigman and was surrounded by five security officials as he stood at a makeshift podium set up in the jail.

White confirmed his identity as Casey Cole White.

White, 38, and corrections officer Vicky White, 56, were taken into custody Monday after a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, officials said.

Vicky White died from injuries hours after the arrest. Police said she had been hospitalized with "serious injuries" after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

10:49 a.m. ET, May 10, 2022

Sheriff outlines new details about Casey White and Vicky White's capture 

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

The scene at the end of the police chase in Evansville, Indiana.
The scene at the end of the police chase in Evansville, Indiana. (WFIE)

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding shared new details Tuesday morning about the capture of an inmate on the run with an Alabama corrections officer, who authorities believe died by suicide.

The inmate Casey White is speaking freely with investigators, the sheriff told CNN’s Miguel Marquez.

“He was pretty candid with the investigators last night. They had a fairly lengthy interview,” Wedding said. The sheriff did not share details of the interview.

The sheriff tells CNN that corrections officer Vicky White was on the phone with dispatchers during the chase and indicated she had a gun to her head.

When authorities arrived the gun had been discharged, the sheriff said

Wedding said per the “initial investigation,” authorities “believe that she may have taken her own life, but we will wait until the coroner’s office examines the body to make a confirmation.”

He described several law enforcement entities, including US Marshall task forces from various states, working feverishly taking tips and reviewing surveillance video leading up to the moment authorities spotted the Cadillac the pair were reportedly in.

“What helped us was the Cadillac that we’d been searching for was located in a hotel parking lot just south of the sheriff’s office," he said.

“When our task force officers went to the hotel it was a very short period of time before they intercepted them in the vehicle and the pursuit began,” he told CNN’s Marquez.

He said the task force intercepted the vehicle fleeing northbound on a highway in what he described as a short pursuit.

“They went through a factory parking lot went through a grassy area our task force officers rammed the vehicle pushed them into a ditch," he added.

At that point investigators approached the vehicle to investigate, he said.

“She was unconscious with a gunshot wound to her head and the male suspect gave up without incident," Wedding said.

His office is consulting with the local prosecutor to review the events in Evansville, Vandenburg County, he said.

“If they elect not to file charges then we will contact Alabama immediately to see if we can get the subject returned to the home state," he said.

Ultimately, the sheriff called it a “good day for law enforcement.”

“Often times you have these unusual cases, serious cases and they go for days without being solved,” he said.

“From the time we initiated our investigation until the time we had this wrapped up, it was rapid and no one was injured outside the suspect so it’s a good day for law enforcement," he continued.