Late in April, our national attention was turned to a small community in Alabama where one of the most brazen jailbreaks of the last several years took place.
Corrections officer Vicky White, who was set to retire at the end of her shift, signed out inmate Casey White, (no relation), for what was said to be a mental health appointment. That bogus excuse allowed the 17 year veteran of the force to abscond with the felon, who it was later determined was her lover.
The two then went on a multi-state escape that ended in tragedy early this week.
Vicky White, the Alabama corrections officer who scandalized the country by allegedly walking a murder suspect and convicted felon out of the Lauderdale County Jail last month, has died. She was 56.
After spending 11 days on the run, traveling north from Florence, Alabama up to Evansville, Indiana, a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force caught up with White and the convict, Casey Cole White, kicking off a high-speed chase that ended in a car wreck.
Facing arrest, she shot herself in the head, according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, whose deputies assisted the Marshals in the chase. She was hospitalized in serious condition and succumbed to her wounds Monday evening.
Vicky had been planning the escape for a while.
In the days leading up to the brazen escape, which jailhouse surveillance cameras recorded around 9:30 a.m. on the day Vicky White was supposed to retire, she sold her four-acre property for $95,000, and used a fake name to buy a getaway car. She withdrew tens of thousands of dollars from the bank and also picked up guns, men’s clothing and other supplies.
Casey White was apprehended by police and is awaiting extradition to Alabama where he faces new charges stemming from the escape.