Death of Vicky White: She took her own life, according to the coroner’s office


More details on the bureau’s findings were not available. A spokesperson said the coroner’s office would not release the full report as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

The lawsuit ended a multi-state manhunt that began on April 29, when authorities said Vicky White, then deputy director of corrections at a Lauderdale County jail in Alabama, did get Casey White out of the detention center under the guise of taking him to a courthouse.

Investigators believe the pair were romantically involved while Casey White, who was normally held in state prison, was periodically transferred to Lauderdale County Jail to attend hearings related to the stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway in 2015, for which White faces capital murder charges. . The county sheriff said the two maintained communication when he was remanded to state prison.

On Wednesday, Evansville officials released audio of a 911 call they say Vicky White made during Monday’s chase – audio that gives insight into the seconds that led to her death but does not appear not per se clarify how or when she suffered the gunshot wound.

What 911 Calls and Agent Incident Reports Reveal

Incident reports from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and a 911 call offer insight into what happened at the end of the inmate’s and officer’s pursuit.

As officers chased a Cadillac driven by Casey White on Monday afternoon, they rammed the Cadillac into a ditch and the vehicle overturned, authorities said. Investigators believe Vicky White killed herself “after the vehicle crashed,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Tuesday.

The 911 audio seems to start near the end of the chase. It starts with someone saying something indistinguishable, and the dispatcher saying “Evansville 911”. No one seems to address the dispatcher, who says “911” and “hello” seemingly without a response.

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

Twelve seconds later, a loud noise is heard – the first of at least four loud noises to occur within approximately 15 seconds. It’s unclear in each case what the noises represent, and it’s unclear from the audio when the car was hit, when it rolled over, and when a gun was fired.

A timeline of the 11 day escape and capture of Vicky White and Casey White

“God,” the woman said after the first noise. “The airbags 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 arrive, followed – now 30 seconds into the tape – by another scream.

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

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

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

A report from an officer who was at the scene when the couple’s vehicle crashed said they saw a driver “attempting to stick his hands out the driver’s side window” and, shortly after, the officer said hearing a gunshot from inside the vehicle. .

Officers pulled the suspect from the driver’s side of the car and he said “his wife” had committed suicide, the officer reported. According to the officer’s report, the man had a “small amount of blood” on the back of his head.

Another officer said they approached the wrecked vehicle and saw the woman had a gunshot wound to the head and was holding a gun in her right hand “with her finger on (the) trigger,” according to an additional report. The woman appeared to be breathing, according to the report.

A third officer, who approached as the suspect was taken away in handcuffs, said he heard officers say the suspect in the car had shot himself and had a gun in his hand, according to this report. The officer said they opened the sunroof, crawled into the vehicle, handed the suspect’s weapon to another officer, and then pulled the woman out of the vehicle, according to the report. Paramedics and firefighters then provided further medical assistance, the report added.

Vicky White was taken to hospital, where she died, US Marshals said.

Casey White indicated he wanted a shootout, but wreckage prevented it, sheriff says
On Tuesday, Wedding told CNN that Vicky White indicated during a call to police dispatchers that she had a gun. Additionally, in Evansville police dispatch audio released earlier this week, the dispatcher can be heard advising law enforcement “we could hear her on the line saying she had his finger on the trigger.”

The 911 recording does not appear to reveal Vicky White mentioning a gun or her finger on a trigger. However, other people in the recording – presumably responding officers – can be heard saying her finger was on the trigger when they found her.

CNN has sought input from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office on how to reconcile the 911 audio with the sheriff’s and dispatcher’s remarks.

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

When officers pulled Casey White from the car and took him into custody, he allegedly told them to help ‘his wife’ who had shot herself in the head and insisted that he not do so. don’t, according to U.S. Marshal Marty Keely, who said to their knowledge the couple were not married. Authorities have previously said the officer and inmate were not related.

Casey White indicated he intended to have a shootout with law enforcement if his car hadn’t been driven into a ditch, Wedding said on Tuesday, citing White’s interviews with investigators after his capture.

“(Casey White) said he was probably going to have a shooting, risk both of them losing their lives,” Wedding said.

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

What will happen to Casey White?

Casey White was returned to Alabama on Tuesday evening to attend an arraignment in Lauderdale County.

Judge Ben Graves told White during the hearing that he would be charged with first-degree escape, in addition to the capital murder charges he was already facing due to Ridgeway’s death. White reportedly confessed to killing her, but later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, authorities said.
Casey White is currently being held at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama.

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

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

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.

CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Jamiel Lynch, Eric Levenson, Jaide Timm-Garcia and Nadia Romero contributed to this report.


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