The murder suspect who escaped from an Alabama jail on Friday is a ‘dangerous monster’ who promised to kill his ex-girlfriend if he ever got out.
Casey White, 38, broke into a home in Athens in December 2015 and ordered two men to get down on the ground at gunpoint, according to court documents.
He fired multiple shots and left bullet holes in the wall during the rampage but his ex-girlfriend managed to escape.
Two young children were found hiding in the basement, while a dog was found shot dead in a hallway, Fox News reports.
‘He stated that he wanted to kill her and have the police kill him,’ according to a police report.
‘His only regret was that neither was successful. He stated that if he was released he would kill the victim.’
He was eventually convicted on nine counts including attempted murder, kidnapping and animal cruelty and was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
While serving time, he confessed to killing 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway in a murder-for-hire plot two months before the crime spree.
The 6ft 9in inmate was escorted out of the Lauderdale County jail on Friday by a female guard who had recently sold her house and filed for retirement.
Deputies charged Vicky White, no relation, with ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree’ on Monday.
Authorities are still looking for the pair, warning the public that Casey is ‘extremely dangerous.’
Ridgeway’s son Austin Williams says the convict is a ‘monster’ who needs to be ‘back behind bars.’
Casey White, above in February 2019, was arrested in 2015 for a crime spree in which he shot at his ex-girlfriend. He previously told police he’d kill her if he got out
While imprisoned in June 2020, he admitted to killing a 59-year-old woman two months before his arrest
Connie Ridgeway, 59, was killed in her home at Meadowland Apartments in Rogersville, Alabama in 2015. Casey White said he was paid to kill her
Corrections officer Vicky White (left) went missing on Friday evening after collecting Casey White, no relation, from county jail by herself in violation of protocol
Casey’s arrest at the age of 32 finally came after he engaged in a crime spree that played out in two counties in Tennessee and Alabama in December 2015.
In one night, he staged a home invasion and carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, shooting one person in the arm, WHNT reports.
At the home, he fired multiple rounds and killed a dog.
Ridgeway’s son Austin Williams told Fox News: ‘He’s definitely a monster. We have to get this guy back behind bars.’
The crimes were followed by a chase where speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour.
It ended with a stolen car stuck in a field south of Huntsville, and officers – who were evidently well known to him – pleading with him to put down his gun and give himself up.
He was charged with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude.
While imprisoned in June 2020, he wrote to Lauderdale County requesting a meeting with the sheriff’s office and confessed to killing Connie Ridgeway – providing a detailed description of the crime scene.
Ridgeway was killed in her home at Meadowland Apartments in Rogersville, Alabama in 2015, according to WAFF.
He said he was paid to kill her, although no motive for hiring a hitman has ever been disclosed.
He pleaded not guilty on grounds of insanity and was temporarily moved from prison to the Lauderdale County jail to face trial.
That’s when he escaped with the help of Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White.
US Marshals are offering rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to Vicky White and $10,000 for information leading to Casey White
Casey White was moved from prison, where he was already serving a 75-year sentence, to county jail to face capital murder charges for killing Connie Ridgeway (pictured)
Police are pictured in December 2015 taking Casey into custody after a wild rampage across Tennessee and Alabama that ended in a 100mph car chase, and his stolen car stuck in a field
‘He’s definitely a monster,’ Ridgeway’s son Austin Williams told Fox News. ‘We have to get this guy back behind bars.’
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s disappearance
Friday at 8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation.’ She told the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Source: WAAY-TV, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
In 2020, Casey’s request to be transferred out of prison and into the county jail was denied after authorities found a makeshift knife stashed in the shower that they believed he intended to use to force someone to let him out.
But he was moved to the jail anyway in order to face capital murder charges for the death of Ridgeway.
On Friday, Vicky White told a booking officer she was escorting Casey to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation. The move was against protocol for Casey, who was always meant to have at least two guards with him.
No such evaluation was scheduled that day.
She also said she was going to a medical appointment for herself, which was confirmed by the doctors’ office, but for which she never showed.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Casey was ‘handcuffed and shackled’ in the back of Vicky’s patrol car when they both left the county jail that morning.
From there, they went straight to the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Surveillance footage shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the Florence Square shopping center eight minutes after leaving the jail.
‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Singleton said.
The car was spotted in the parking lot an hour-and-a-half later.
Vicky had filed for retirement a day before her disappearance. She was also living with her mother after recently selling her home.
On Monday morning, Singleton told NBC’s Today Show: ‘All indications are that she assisted him escape. The question we’re trying to answer … is, well did she do that willingly or was someone from outside threatening her?’
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, Singleton said Monday afternoon, adding that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky may be flush with cash from the recent sale of her home, he said.
The sheriff warned: ‘Casey White is an extremely dangerous person. We need to get him located and get him off the street.’
Vicky is facing charges of ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree,’ a felony that carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.
Sheriff Rick Singleton announced charges against Vicky White for ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree’ on Monday. The felony carries a maximum prison term of 10 years
Vicky’s mother says that her daughter, who was named ’employee of the year’ four times and was living with her after selling her house five weeks ago, never mentioned an inmate
Those who knew Vicky say that helping Casey would be out of character for the guard, who was voted ’employee of the year’ four times during her 17 years at the sheriff’s office.
‘This is not the Vicky White we know, by any stretch of the imagination,’ Sheriff Singleton said.
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, he added, revealing that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky’s mother Pat Davis doesn’t believe her daughter would willingly help an inmate she never even talked about.
‘You know, I never heard of him, never seen his picture, nothing. I didn’t know anything about him,’ she told WAAY.
‘We don’t know if she was took by force or if she was voluntarily in this. But we just want her back, that’s all we want,’ Davis said.
Frances White, Vicky’s former mother-in-law, told DailyMail.com on Sunday that the accusations against Vicky don’t match the ‘awfully good person’ she knows.
‘I can’t understand her leaving with a guy she knew was a murderer,’ said Frances, 88, who said she last spoke to Vicky about a month ago. ‘If he killed one person, he’d kill another.’
The US Marshals Service announced on Sunday that it is offering up to $10,000 for information about the escaped inmate and ‘missing and endangered’ correctional officer.