Casey White and Vicky White paid a man to help them book a hotel room in Indiana while on the run after the inmate and correctional officer escaped from an Alabama jail, sparking a hunt to the 11-day-old man.
The fugitives paid him $100 to use his ID to book a room at Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana, Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding said.
It was at this hotel that officers spotted the duo exiting a room and driving off in a Cadillac, sparking a chase that ended with Casey White being pulled from the wrecked car and arrested and Vicky White dying of a wound. self-inflicted bullet to the head.
The man did not commit a crime by taking the money and booking the room, Wedding told CNN. “To our knowledge, we don’t believe he knew they were criminals,” he said.
Casey White spoke to investigators about the transaction in an interview after his arrest, Wedding said.
The man was arrested May 12 on unrelated drug charges and is being held on $500 bond. He corroborated White’s story while behind bars, Wedding said. Police said he was a sex offender and currently homeless.
Casey White, 38, is currently being held at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, a state prison in Bessemer, Alabama.
He is charged with first-degree escape in connection with the April 29 escape that authorities say was aided by Vicky White. The 56-year-old was an assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, where Casey White was being held to attend hearings related to capital murder charges he faced in the stabbing death in 2015 from Alabama resident Connie Ridgeway.
He reportedly confessed to killing Ridgeway in 2020, but later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Casey White had been moved to the Lauderdale County facility from a state prison where he was already serving a 75-year sentence for a string of crimes in 2015 that included a home invasion, carjacking and police chase , according to the US Marshals Service.
Investigators said they believe Casey White and Vicky White, who are not related, met in prison and developed a clandestine romantic relationship.
THE CHASE ENDED IN A DRAMATIC ACCIDENT
During the manhunt, officers were notified the couple were in Evansville and spotted the Cadillac they allegedly used in the motel parking lot on May 9.
The Indiana motel manager told CNN he had never seen the fugitives and did not know they were staying there.
Investigators believe they had been in Evansville since at least May 2, when a city police officer proactively checked the license plate of a 2006 Ford F-150 truck, the police chief said. of Evansville, Billy Bolin, last week.
Authorities now believe the couple purchased the truck in Tennessee — but the May 2 check indicated no connection between the truck and the fugitives, Bolin said.
U.S. Marshals looking for the pair said they learned on May 8 that the truck had been abandoned at an Evansville car wash — an abandonment that Bolin said was originally reported to city police on May 4. may.
Hours before the chase, U.S. Marshals announced car wash surveillance footage showed Casey White with the truck on May 3. Investigators learned the couple left the car wash in a Cadillac, Wedding said, adding he did not know how they obtained the vehicle.
That same day, an Evansville police officer noticed the Cadillac in the motel parking lot and “notified us immediately,” Wedding said.
Law enforcement saw Vicky White exit a room wearing a wig, U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said. Then she and Casey White got in the Cadillac and drove off.
The authorities gave chase. The couple ‘ran away from the hotel parking lot, heading north on US Highway 41 (and) came to an industry known as the Anchor here in Evansville,’ Wedding said the week last.
“They drove through the parking lot (and) through a field of grass. The US task force members basically rammed the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch,” Wedding said at a news conference.
The car wrecked and rolled over, Keely said. Casey White was driving the car, according to US Marshals.
Casey White reportedly told authorities to help “his wife” who had shot herself in the head and told them he hadn’t, according to Keely. Casey White and Vicky White were not married to investigators’ knowledge, Keely said.
Authorities preliminary believe Vicky White killed herself “after the vehicle crashed,” Wedding said.
An Indiana coroner confirmed Thursday that she took her own life.
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