Alabama capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed he had also been shot in the head as he was pulled from the car crash where his incarcerated lover, Vicky White, lay dying of suspected suicide, according to a police report.
New documents, filed by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and seen by the independentreveal the 38-year-old man also had “a small amount of blood” on the back of his head when he was taken into police custody on Monday at the end of a 10-day manhunt.
An account from an officer on the scene also indicates that Mrs. White shot herself after the car came to a stop and that her convicted lover appeared to have his hands outside the window at the exact moment she pulled the trigger.
The Whites, who are neither related nor married and are said to have been in a relationship for the past two years, were finally tracked down to Evansville, Indiana, on Monday afternoon, where they led police on a brief manhunt in car, before the officers rammed them. The couple’s Cadillac off the road in 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.
On Tuesday night, the Vanderburgh County Coroner ruled Mrs. White’s death a suicide and said an autopsy found she had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Several law enforcement officers at the scene of Monday’s arrest filed supplemental reports, many of them heavily redacted, with the sheriff’s office.
The reports 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 details how he was assisting in the pursuit of the couple’s Cadillac and saw another officer run it off the road.
Officer Shahine said he then pulled up to the scene of the crash and got out of his patrol car with his gun drawn, pointed at the windshield of the couple’s getaway car.
At the time, the officer said he “saw a male driver trying to stick his hands out the driver’s side window.”
According to the report, the officer gave the couple several commands to show their hands but, due to the tint on the windows and the angle of the vehicle, he was unable to clearly see who was inside, the report said.
As the officer was giving verbal commands, he said he heard a gunshot come from inside the vehicle.
Officer Shahine said he approached the vehicle and saw White sitting in the driver’s seat “yelling for help.”
After officers removed White from the vehicle, he said his “wife” had shot herself in the head.
Authorities have since confirmed that the couple was not married.
When White was taken into custody, the officer said he could see a small amount of blood on the back of the fugitive’s head “who he said had also been shot.”
Despite claiming he had also been shot, White allegedly urged officers to treat “his wife.”
“The offender insisted that he was fine and that we needed to attend to his wife,” the officer said.
It’s unclear if White was shot or if his injuries were caused when his getaway vehicle flipped over and landed in a ditch.
It is also unclear if he was suggesting that he had shot himself, in some kind of suicide pact with his lover, or if Mrs. White had shot him and then herself or if the bullet that killed Mrs. White had grazed him.
The officer only heard one shot.
Sergeant Erik Nilssen also noted in his supplemental incident report that White had blood covering his shirt and coming from the back of his head when he was taken into custody.
The 38-year-old man was treated for a head injury at the scene and his blood-soaked shirt was taken as evidence, the report said.
Supplemental reports filed by two other officers also corroborated Officer Shahine’s account that a single shot was fired as officers approached the vehicle after it had stopped in the ditch.
According to Sgt. Nilssen, White continued to inquire about his “wife’s” condition after he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Authorities said Tuesday that the 38-year-old woman had shown no remorse for his death.
The convict, currently serving 75 years from a crime spree, also repeatedly told the sergeant that he did not kill the 58-year-old mother of two charged with murder.
“Mr. White also continued to claim that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway,” the report says.
White is currently awaiting trial for the murder of Mrs. Ridgeway, who was found 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 and was charged with two counts of capital murder.
Prosecutors say he was paid to carry out the hit on his victim.
After confessing to the murder, he initially pleaded guilty before changing his plea to not guilty due to mental illness.
His trial is scheduled to begin in June, and if convicted, he faces the death penalty.