The convicted felon whose time on the run ended with his prison guard girlfriend shooting herself in the head on Monday night has been left heartbroken by the death of his lover, his mother has said.
Casey White, 38, escaped from prison with former deputy director of corrections Vicki White late last month. The two spent 11 days together on the run from authorities until a police chase ended with Vicki shooting herself to death.
White’s mother, Connie Moore, told the Daily Mail that her son was deeply in love with the prison guard, with whom he had a secret phone relationship for at least two years, and even started calling her his wife.
“I spoke to him yesterday and he was crying and saying he couldn’t believe she was gone,” Moore said. She said she believed Vicki was “really, really good to him – just being there for him, talking to him. They had a real thing.
White is being held in a county jail in Lauderdale, Alabama, awaiting trial on a capital murder charge after he confessed to killing 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway. He had previously been convicted of attempted murder and robbery after he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped his roommates in 2015.
But his mother said her son was “a very good person” who was simply misunderstood.
“Casey is not the monster they made him out to be,” she said, adding that his problems stem in large part from drugs and poor choices in women.
“All the women he’s been with have emotional issues and Casey has a big heart and just wants to help people,” she said.