Vicky White had just retired as a prison official when she fled with a 38-year-old man awaiting trial on a capital murder case
Here’s a wild story making headlines in the US: A female corrections officer who was on the run with a murder suspect has died after shooting herself, authorities have said.
According to Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear, 56-year-old Vicky White had been taken to hospital, but succumbed to her injuries. Police managed to apprehend the woman and 38-year-old Casey White (no relation) during a high-speed car chase in Evansville.
Officers deliberately crashed into their vehicle. White then shot herself and was subsequently taken to hospital for her injuries. Casey suffered minor injuries from the crash.
The two, who are believed to have been romantically involved, had vanished from a prison in Alabama on 29 April. Casey was awaiting trial on a capital murder case when Vicky transported him to a bogus mental evaluation.
While Vicky has a spotless record as a prison official, Casey was facing two counts of capital murder for allegedly stabbing a woman to death in 2015. She had just had just retired and recently sold her home.
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Some of those who worked with Vicky White say they have been left totally gobsmacked by her unwise decision to participate in a prison escape.
For her part in a jailbreak, she faced forgery and identity theft charges for allegedly using an alias to buy the Ford Edge used to facilitate the escape. In addition, the sheriff’s office said she was also charged for permitting or facilitating escape.
Casey will be brought back to Lauderdale County to be arraigned. His former lawyer Dale Bryant has since come to his defence, claiming his client suffers from a mental illness.
“When he’s on medication and in a supervised environment … he’s a decent person. When he gets out of incarceration, he is unable to stay on his medication and he even self-medicates by smoking methamphetamine or taking other illegal substances,” he said.
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