- BBC News World
The incident ended tragically Monday when an inmate and a prison officer who came with him escaped from an Alabama prison 10 days ago.
The couple’s vehicle crashed after a police chase in Indiana, hundreds of miles from where they escaped.
The murder suspect, Casey White, 38, was taken into custody while Vicky White (56), who was not related to the man, was taken to hospital, where he died a few hours later.
The couple, who are believed to have been in a romantic relationship, went missing from the Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama on April 29, when he transferred her to a medical appointment.
This is the agent’s last working day before he retires. Some time ago, he sold his house and told colleagues that he planned to spend more time on the beach.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton explained that the couple’s vehicle collided after a police chase in Evansville, Indiana, and the prisoner turned himself in.
Local media quoted Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave as saying he drove the vehicle during a sub-chase and then shot himself.
Sheriff Singleton declined to comment on the self-harm.
“I hope he survives. We do not want to jeopardize Vicky’s health or well-being. But he has to give us some answers and we hope we get a chance to give them to him, ”Singleton said before learning of the woman’s death.
The U.S. Marshals Service said the escapees were found last Friday in a copper-colored vehicle with an Alabama license plate.
Vicky White had an exemplary record as a prison guard.
“I would have trusted him in my life. I really say it.”Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told reporters.
“Whenever we need something from prison, the person we go to is a solid employee. That’s why it’s so amazing.”
Casey White was charged in September 2020 with stabbing 58-year-old woman Connie Ridgeway to death. He was already serving a 75-year sentence in 2015 for a series of violent crimes, including breaking into a house and vehicle and police chasing.
He allegedly confessed to the murder, but later pleaded not guilty to manslaughter or insanity, and was awaiting trial at the Lauderdale County Jail when he went missing, officials said.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
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