At arraignment, Judge Ben Graves told White he would be charged with first-degree escape, in addition to the capital murder charges he was already facing in connection with the 2015 bombing. Death of Connie Ridgeway.
The inmate was escorted to the courthouse in a caravan of armored vehicles and arrived shortly before 11 p.m. He entered the courthouse in handcuffs and ankle shackles and briefly met with his lawyer before entering the courtroom.
During the hearing, White listened intently, his eyes glued to the judge as he explained the charges. He appeared tired and sniffled more than once during the 10-minute hearing.
On the back of White’s head, four small nicks could be seen in a shaved circumference of quarter-sized hair. Dried blood was visible on the back of his bright yellow jumpsuit.
Immediately after the hearing, White walked out of the courthouse and glanced at the news cameras and the crowd of passersby who had gathered, but said nothing. He will be transferred to William E. Donaldson Correctional Institution in Bessemer, Alabama, just over 100 miles south of Lauderdale County.
Casey White, 38, and Vicky White, 56, were captured Monday after a car chase, which ended when authorities forced the car Casey White was driving into a ditch, the US said. Marshals Service.
Vicky White was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Newly released police dash cam and body cam video show the moments after the car chase ended when Casey White was arrested and officers attempted to pull Vicky White, who was injured , of the car.
In the video, several officers can be seen surrounding Casey White, who is pinned to the ground next to the car. The fugitive is then taken into custody and taken away from the wrecked car.
Authorities were not immediately able to remove Vicky White from the car as she still appeared to have a gun in her hand, according to officers seen in the body camera video, who also noted that she appeared breathe.
After an officer reached out to take the gun from his hand, they worked to pull it out of the opening in the car’s sunroof, the video shows.
The accident ended a frantic 11-day manhunt that spanned several states and prompted hundreds of tips, including one that ultimately led authorities to their capture.
The arrest of a detainee is a “huge relief”
White reportedly confessed to killing Ridgeway in 2020, but later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was brought to Lauderdale County to attend court hearings in that case, authorities said.
He was already being held in state prison serving a 75-year sentence for a series of other crimes in 2015, including a home invasion, carjacking and police pursuit, the Marshals Service said.
Authorities believe Casey White and Vicky White met in jail as early as 2020, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
White’s murder trial is currently scheduled for June. During Tuesday’s court appearance, White’s attorney, Jamy Poss, said he would file a motion to change venue, which the judge said he would consider.
Officer and inmate traveled with cash and weapons
Officials previously said the inmate and officer had a “special relationship” of a romantic nature in which Casey White received privileges like extra food at the detention center because of Vicky White, Singleton said.
As the investigation progressed, authorities increasingly believed that Vicky White had purposely helped the inmate escape. After the two men were captured, authorities found supplies that could have enabled them to flee for much longer.
Authorities found wigs, $29,000 in cash and several weapons among their possessions, including four handguns, an AR-15 rifle and three magazines, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff Dave Wedding said Tuesday.
“Any of these weapons could have been used to ambush our officers as they attempted to capture a murder suspect,” he said.
The veteran officer used his years of experience to plan and execute the escape, officials said.
Vicky White “was basically the mastermind behind the whole plan,” Singleton said Tuesday. “Casey White did not escape from the facility; he was simply released.”
The trip to Indiana
Monday’s accident marked the end of an 11-day ordeal that began when Vicky White released the inmate from jail on the morning of April 29. She said she was taking him to the courthouse for a mental health evaluation, but they never arrived.
The couple instead drove to a mall parking lot, abandoned the officer’s cruiser and took off in a 2007 Ford Edge SUV that Vicky White had bought under an alias and parked in the parking lot the night before. , Singleton said last week.
The SUV was found Friday at a tow lot in Williamson County, Tennessee, about two hours north of the jail in Florence, Alabama, U.S. Marshals said. Singleton says the couple likely ditched him a few hours after leaving Florence, possibly due to mechanical issues.
Authorities believe they purchased a Ford F-150 truck while in Tennessee.
They are believed to have been in Evansville since at least May 2, when a city police officer proactively checked the truck’s license plate, the Evansville police chief said Tuesday, Billy Bolin. At the time, control reported no connection between the truck and the fugitives, he said.
U.S. Marshals learned Sunday that the truck had been abandoned at an Evansville car wash. On Monday, the agency released surveillance footage showing who investigators believe was Casey White at the car wash.
Investigators determined the couple left the car wash in a Cadillac, according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Wedding.
An Evansville police officer reported Monday that the Cadillac was parked in a motel parking lot and officers began monitoring the motel.
As officers watched the motel, Vicky White and Casey White got out, got into the Cadillac and drove off, U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said. Officers followed them and a car chase ensued, ending when authorities forced the fugitives to be wrecked in a ditch.
Casey White allegedly told authorities to help “his wife” who he said had shot herself in the head, according to Keely, who noted that Casey White and Vicky White were not married to the knowledge of investigators .
CNN’s Omar Jimenez, Jamiel Lynch, Kristina Sgueglia, Amara Walker, Jade Gordon and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.