News 19 Exclusive: Former Limestone County Sheriff recalls 2015 clash with Casey White

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Casey White, who escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center, had a history of violence. Blakely said he defused a standoff involving White in 2015.

Blakely sat down with News 19 investigative reporter Dallas Parker on Monday afternoon.

The former sheriff says he’s known White since he was a little boy. But White was a fugitive from law enforcement in two states when Blakely met him in December 2015.

Blakely said White broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, shot two of his friends, and shot and killed his dog in early December 2015. That’s when, said Blakely, that White went looking for a car, attempted two carjackings and succeeded in stealing. the third car.

After an overnight chase, Limestone County deputies cornered White. It was then that the man began to plead for the sheriff to intervene.

“I arrived a few minutes later,” Blakely said. “Everyone was there with AR-15s and Casey is standing in the middle of the roadway with two .40 caliber Glock pistols, one stuck to either side of his head talking about killing himself.”

Blakely said White wanted him to call his mother and tell her he loved her.

“I kept trying to convince Casey to turn himself in, telling him nothing was going to happen,” the former sheriff said. “He said ‘oh yeah, I’m going to have you all kill me.’ I put him in my truck and took him back to the prison where he stayed for a few years before being condemned and sent to the penitentiary.

White was sentenced to 75 years in state prison for the events described by Blakely.

The former sheriff said once White was moved to Donaldson Correctional Center in Bessemer, he started getting letters from him.

“He wrote to me several times, telling me he could solve a murder for Lauderdale County and that he knew where we could find a body in Limestone County.”

In separate correspondence, Blakely told News 19 that White was desperate for a transfer.

“From what I understand, according to Casey, he had been pierced several times while he was in prison,” Blakely said. “He didn’t like it there and wanted to go back to a county jail.”

Blakely said White indicated where his investigators could find a woman’s body in Limestone County, but nothing ever came of the search.

But White would confess to murdering Connie Ridgeway in 2015. He was charged with her murder in 2020. White later pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to those charges. Prosecutors said White claimed he was paid to kill the Rogersville woman.

White was due to stand trial in April 2022, which led to his return to the Lauderdale County Detention Center for pretrial motions. But his trial continued until June.

Now White is on the run with the prison’s deputy director of corrections, Vicky White.

“They’re probably trying to put as much distance between themselves and that area as possible,” Blakely said.

The former sheriff issued a warning to the public.

“I would suggest anyone who comes into contact with him be extremely careful. Not only that, any officer who comes into contact with him.

And an invitation to Casey White.

“Call me and come see me, and we’ll see if we can’t sort this mess out.”


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