Cause of death of US fugitive revealed

Fugitive Alabama Corrections Officer Vicky White took her own life, an Indiana coroner’s office found, supporting authorities’ suspicions that she was injured after a car chase that ended 11 days on the run with an inmate she is accused of releasing.

Authorities said White, 56, released inmate Casey White in late April from the Alabama prison where she worked.

The Vanderburgh County, Indiana coroner did not provide further details about the office’s findings.

Authorities said they believe Vicky White committed suicide after the car the two were in capsized while being pursued by police in Evansville, Indiana.

Vicky White, a former Alabama corrections officer, escaped with murder suspect Casey White in late April. (Provided)

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Casey White, a 38-year-old defendant in an Alabama murder case, was taken into custody after Monday’s accident and transported to an Alabama state prison.

The chase ended a multi-state manhunt that began on April 29, when officials say Vicky White, then assistant director of corrections at a Lauderdale County, Alabama prison, took Casey White out of the detention center under the guise of take him to court.

Investigators believe the two fostered a romantic relationship while Casey White, who was normally housed in a state prison, was periodically transferred to the Lauderdale County Jail to attend hearings related to Connie Ridgeway’s 2015 death, for which White is reportedly facing capital murder charges. . The county sheriff said the two maintained communication when he was transferred back to the state prison.

On Wednesday, Evansville officials released audio of a 911 call they say Vicky White made during Monday’s chase — audio that gives some insight into the seconds leading up to her death, but for itself. it just doesn’t seem to clarify how or when she suffered the injury.

What the 911 call reveals

As officers chased a Cadillac driven by Casey White on Monday afternoon, they threw the Cadillac into a ditch and the vehicle overturned, officials said.

Investigators believe Vicky White shot herself “once the vehicle crashed,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Tuesday.

Audio from 911 appears to start towards the end of the chase. It starts with someone saying something indiscernible and the dispatcher saying “Evansville 911”. No one seems to address the dispatcher, who says “911” and “hello” seemingly without being answered.

Instead, a woman’s voice – which authorities say is Vicky White’s – is heard within the first six seconds saying things like “Stop” and “Wait, stop… air bags are going to explode and kill us.”

The Cadillac sedan that unrelated fugitives Casey White and Vicky White were driving when officers forced them into a ditch on Burch Drive in Evansville, Indiana. (AP)

Twelve seconds later, a loud noise is heard – the first of at least four loud noises to happen in about 15 seconds. It’s not clear in each case what the noises represent, and it’s unclear from the audio when the car was rammed, when it flipped, and when a gun was fired.

“God,” says the woman after the first noise. “The air bags are going off. Let’s get out and run.” She mentions a hotel.

The second noise is heard, and the woman screams. At least two more noises come, followed – now 30 seconds on tape – by another scream.

For the next 30 seconds, usually only the muffled sounds of sirens are heard. A minute into the recording, a soft voice is heard – perhaps a moan – but it’s unclear whose voice it is.

Shortly afterward, distant voices are heard, along with occasional movement, although it’s unclear whether it’s inside or outside the vehicle. About a minute and 40 seconds into the recording, someone starts repeatedly saying phrases like “she is breathing” and “she has a gun in her hand”.

The phone line remains open while officers work to get the pair out of the vehicle.

Vicky White was transported to a hospital, where she died, the US marshals said.

On Tuesday, Wedding told CNN that Vicky White had indicated in a call with police dispatchers that she had a gun. Additionally, in the audio of the Evansville Police dispatch released earlier this week, the dispatcher can be heard advising law enforcement units “we can hear her on the line saying she had her finger on the trigger”.

Casey White and Vicky White arrested. (CNN)

The 911 recording does not appear to reveal Vicky White mentioning a weapon. However, other people on the recording — presumably police officers who responded — could be heard saying her finger was on the trigger.

CNN asked for comments from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office on how to reconcile the 911 audio with the sheriff’s and dispatcher’s remarks.

No officers fired any shots during the chase, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.

When officers pulled Casey White out of the car and took him into custody, he reportedly told them to help “his wife” who had shot himself in the head and insisted he didn’t, according to US Marshal Marty Keely. who told to his knowledge, the pair were not married. Authorities previously said the officer and the inmate were not related.

Casey White indicated he intended to have a shootout with police if his car hadn’t been thrown into a ditch, Wedding said Tuesday, citing White’s interviews with investigators following his capture.

“(Casey White) said there would probably be a shooting, at the risk of both of them losing their lives,” Wedding said.

Vicky White and Casey White are seen leaving the Lauderdale County Jail. (CNN)

What will happen to Casey White?

Casey White was returned to Alabama on Tuesday night to participate in an indictment in Lauderdale County.

Judge Ben Graves told White at the hearing that he will be charged with first-degree evasion in addition to capital murder charges he was already facing in connection with Ridgeway’s death. White allegedly confessed to killing her but later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, authorities said.

After the hearing, White was transferred directly to the William E Donaldson Correctional Facility, a state prison in Bessemer, Alabama, just over 100 miles south of Lauderdale County.

White was already serving a 75-year sentence for a string of crimes he committed in 2015, including home invasion, car theft and police stalking, according to the US Marshals Service.

White’s murder trial is scheduled for June. During Tuesday’s hearing, White’s attorney, Jamy Poss, said he would file a motion to change venue, which the judge said he would consider.

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