Casey White claimed to be innocent of Connie Ridgeway’s murder after capture

Capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed he was innocent of the brutal murder of Connie Ridgeway, 58, a mother of two, almost as soon as he was captured, according to a police report.

New documents, released by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and seen by the independentreveal that the 38-year-old career criminal began pleading his innocence of the shocking 2015 stabbing death while his lover in jail, Vicky White, was dying from a gunshot wound to the head.

The convict had been taken to the hospital for treatment for a head injury, where he mentioned the heinous crime for which he is charged with two counts of capital murder, according to a report from Sgt. Erik Nilssen, who was at the scene of Monday’s capture.

At the hospital, “Mr. White also continued to claim that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway,” the report says.

The officer said White also kept asking about the status of his “wife,” Mrs. White.

White is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Mrs. Ridgeway, who was found brutally stabbed to death in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama, on October 23, 2015.

The case went unsolved for five years until White sent a letter to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confessing to the crime in 2020.

During a subsequent interview with authorities, he allegedly gave details about the crime that had not been made public and that only the killer could have known.

He was charged with two counts of capital murder in 2020.

Prosecutors say he was paid to carry out the hit on his victim. It is not clear how much money he earned.

After confessing to the murder, White initially pleaded guilty before changing his plea to not guilty due to mental illness.

His trial will begin in June and, if convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Connie Ridgeway is pictured with her two children.

(Family photo)

White is already serving a 75-year sentence after being convicted of a series of crimes in which he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and shot another woman.

He is now back behind bars in Alabama after being transported from Indiana on Tuesday night.

He appeared in the Lauderdale County courthouse in Florence that night, where he was charged with first-degree flight.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said the independent Thursday that the escaped inmate could also face additional charges for the prison break while the investigation continues.

The Whites, who are neither related nor married and are said to have been in a relationship for the past two years, were finally located in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday after 10 days on the run.

There, they led police on a brief car chase, before officers pulled the couple’s car off the road and into a ditch.

White turned himself in to authorities and was taken into custody, while the 56-year-old corrections officer was found with a gunshot wound to the head. She was rushed to the hospital where she died of her injuries hours later.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner ruled Mrs. White’s death a suicide from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Several law enforcement officers at the scene of Monday’s arrest filed supplemental reports with the sheriff’s office.

Dashcam footage shows the moment Casey White is captured

(Evansville Police Department)

While some of the reports are heavily redacted, they shed new light on Mrs. White’s final moments, including when she shot herself and what White was doing at the time.

In a report, Evansville police officer Sam Shahine said White also had “a small amount of blood” on the back of his head when he was arrested and that he claimed he had also been shot.

Officer Shahine also said that White appeared to have his hands outside the driver’s side door window at the exact moment he heard Mrs. White pull the trigger and fatally shoot herself in the head.

Dramatic police dash cam and body camera footage shows White being handcuffed and being held by officers as they remove Ms. White’s limp body from the vehicle, gun still drawn.

Officials also released a 911 call made from the escapees’ car during the chase, where the 56-year-old woman is heard saying they should “get out and run” moments before the shot is said to have been shot.

A nationwide manhunt first began on April 29 when Mrs. White picked up the inmate from the Lauderdale County Jail claiming she was taking him for a mental health evaluation at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

She told her co-workers that once she had escorted him to court, she would seek medical attention for her because she was not feeling well.

The couple never made it to court and White had no appointments or court appearances scheduled for that day.

Several hours later, the alarm was raised when Mrs. White did not return to the jail and her colleagues were unable to contact her.

Vicky White died of a gunshot wound to the head.

(Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office)

With Mrs. White now dead, many unanswered questions remain about the prison break and suspected suicide of the 56-year-old widow who had an “exemplary” two-decade career.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the couple had been in what he described as a “jail romance” or a “special relationship” for the past two years.

Mrs. White had also sold her home just five weeks earlier for well below market value, withdrew $90,000 in cash from her bank accounts and filed for retirement days before the couple disappeared.

His last day of work was the day he disappeared, although his retirement papers had not been finalized.

After selling her house, she moved in with her mother, who previously said she knew nothing about her daughter’s retirement plans and had never heard her talk about White.

Immediately after her prison break, Mrs. White was described as an “exemplary employee” who had repeatedly won employee of the year awards. She was due to be honored with the award again this week.

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