FInmate Casey Cole White is finally back behind bars in Alabama, after his 10-day prison break came to a dramatic end with the death of his lover, a prison guard in Indiana.
White, 38, had been on the run with Correctional Officer Vicky White, 56, since April 29, when she helped him escape from the Lauderdale County Jail.
On Monday, the couple, who are believed to have been in a relationship for about two years, were finally located in Evansville, Indiana.
There, the Whites, who are neither married nor related, led officers on a car chase before their vehicle was rammed off the road.
The inmate turned himself in to authorities while the prison officer was found with a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner has ruled his death a suicide.
In the 10 days the couple was on the run, authorities warned that White was considered armed and dangerous.
The 38-year-old has a long criminal record dating back two decades, when he was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his own mother in 2006.
Four years later, in 2010, he pleaded guilty to attacking a male relative with an ax handle and was sentenced to six years in prison.
At the time of his prison break last month, he was serving a 75-year sentence for a 2015 crime spree in which he tried to murder his ex-girlfriend, targeted victims and fatally shot a dog.
He is also due to stand trial in June for the 2015 capital murder of a 58-year-old mother of two who was found stabbed to death in her apartment.
Officials in Alabama are also now taking a fresh look at the 2008 shooting death of another girlfriend, which was ruled a suicide at the time.
Now facing new charges for her prison break that ended in the apparent suicide of her last lover, here’s a look at White’s criminal past:
Crime spree and attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend
In December 2015, White embarked on a crime spree in which he tracked down and attempted to kill a former girlfriend.
The rampage spanned both Alabama and Tennessee as he held victims at gunpoint, shot a woman in the arm, killed a dog, broke into a home and staged multiple carjackings before he was finally caught in a dramatic police chase.
The spree unfolded on the morning of December 1, 2015 when he broke into a home and stole two firearms.
Later that night, he showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house armed with stolen weapons and opened fire on her and two men inside the house.
The woman and two men managed to escape, but White shot and killed a dog. Two children inside the house were later found unharmed.
After that, White broke into another house and stole a man’s car and gun.
About an hour later, he shot another woman in the arm in an attempted carjacking in Tennessee, before robbing someone else at gunpoint.
White was eventually captured in a dramatic 100-mile-per-hour police chase that culminated in a standoff at the Alabama border.
During the confrontation in which he demanded to speak to the sheriff and threatened to shoot himself in the head, he ordered a pack of Marlboro cigarettes and a Sun Drop soda before giving up.
In 2019, White was convicted of multiple charges for the rampage, including the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend.
He was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
He still faces charges in Tennessee for the spree.
Stabbing murder of 58-year-old mother
White is currently awaiting trial for the 2015 stabbing murder of Connie Ridgeway, a 58-year-old mother of two.
Ms. Ridgeway 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.
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.
Prosecutors say he was paid to carry out the hit on his victim.
He was indicted in 2020 on two counts of capital murder.
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.
Prison break with Vicky White
On April 29, White left the Lauderdale County Jail with Mrs. White and went on the run, traveling through at least four states and switching to at least four different getaway cars in an attempt to evade capture. .
After his arrest on Monday, White allegedly told police that he had planned to engage in a shootout with police.
He appeared Tuesday night in the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Florence, Alabama, where he was charged with first-degree flight.
He is now being held at the Jefferson County Maximum Security Prison.
White has not been charged in connection with Mrs. White’s death.
Ex-girlfriend’s mysterious death
On February 1, 2008, White’s then-girlfriend, Christy Shelton, was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun inside an Alabama home belonging to White’s mother.
Mrs. Shelton, 31, died at the scene.
White was in the house with her at the time of the shooting but ruled himself out as a suspect.
At the time, authorities ruled the 31-year-old man’s death a suicide and the case was closed.
But Ms Shelton’s family has always doubted that version of events, with her daughter Somer Mitchell telling News 19 that “nothing was really done” to investigate her death at the time.
Last week, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said it was reopening the investigation into his death.