Vicky White death: She died of suicide, coroner says

Vicky White death: She died of suicide, coroner says

White, 56, who authorities said rescued Alabama inmate Casey White from the Alabama jail where she worked in late April, died from a single gunshot wound to the head, the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office said Indiana with.

Authorities had said they believed Vicky White fatally shot herself after the car the couple were in was destroyed while being pursued by law enforcement in Evansville, Indiana.

On Wednesday, Evansville officials released audio of a 911 call Vicky White allegedly made during the chase — audio that gives a glimpse of the seconds leading up to her death but doesn’t explain exactly when the gun was fired.

When officers were chasing a Cadillac being driven by Casey White Monday afternoon, they rammed the Cadillac into a ditch and the vehicle overturned, authorities said. Investigators believe Vicky White shot herself “after the vehicle crashed”. This was announced by Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding on Tuesday.

The 911 audio seems to start towards the end of the chase. It starts with someone saying something unintelligible and the dispatcher saying “Evansville 911”. No one seems to speak to the dispatcher, who says “911” and “hello” with seemingly no response.

Instead, within the first six seconds, a woman’s voice — who authorities say is Vicky White — is heard 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 in about 15 seconds. In any case, it’s unclear 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.

“God,” says the woman after the first sound. “Airbags go off. Let’s go outside and run away.” She mentions a hotel.

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

For the next 30 seconds, only muffled siren noises are usually heard. A minute into the recording, a soft voice can be heard – perhaps a moan – but it’s not clear whose voice it is.

A timeline of Vicky White and Casey White's 11-day escape and capture

Distant voices are heard shortly after, along with occasional movement, although it is unclear if they are inside or outside the vehicle. About a minute and 40 seconds into the recording, someone begins repeatedly saying phrases like “she’s breathing” and “has a gun in her hand.”

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

Vicky White was transported to a hospital where she died, US Marshals said. Casey White, 38, was taken into custody and returned to Alabama.

The escaped inmate and correctional officer fled Lauderdale County, Alabama on April 29. Authorities say Vicky White, who was then the assistant director of correctional facilities at the county jail, released Casey White from the detention center on the pretense of taking him to a courthouse.

Investigators believe the two maintained a romantic relationship, while Casey White, who was normally held in a state prison, was regularly transferred to the Lauderdale County Jail to attend hearings related to the 2015 stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway. for which White is charged with capital murder. The county sheriff said the two kept communicating when he was transferred back to state prison.

Their escape together sparked an 11-day, multi-state manhunt that drew widespread national attention. Though the search for them is over, questions remain about the circumstances of Vicky White’s death and the future Casey White now faces.

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

Sheriff: Casey White said he intended a shooting

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

In Evansville Police Department audio released earlier this week, the dispatcher can be heard telling law enforcement units, “We could hear her on the line that she had her finger on the trigger.”

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

Casey White indicated he wanted a shooting, but the wreckage prevented that, the sheriff says

When officers pulled Casey White from the car and took him into custody, he reportedly urged her to help “his wife,” who shot herself in the head, and insisted he hadn’t, according to the US Marshal Marty Keely, who said to their knowledge the couple was not married. Authorities previously said the officer and the inmate were not related.

Casey White indicated he intended to stage a shootout with law enforcement if his car wasn’t rammed into a ditch, Wedding said Tuesday, citing White’s interviews with investigators after his arrest.

“[Casey White]said he would probably have a shootout that would both lose their lives,” Wedding said.

What happens to Casey White?

Casey White was brought back to Alabama Tuesday night to attend a Lauderdale County arraignment.

Judge Ben Graves told White at the hearing that he faces a first-degree evasion charge in addition to the capital murder charges he already faced in connection with Ridgeway’s death. White reportedly confessed to killing her but later pleaded not guilty to insanity, authorities said.
Casey White is now being held at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama.

After the hearing, White was transferred directly to the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, a state penitentiary in Bessemer, Alabama, 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 chases, 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 relocation request, which the judge will consider.

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

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