FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) — A state of emergency conference was held Tuesday ahead of Casey White’s capital murder trial, which was scheduled for June.
Before escaping alongside former corrections officer Vicky White, Casey White was in Lauderdale Jail awaiting trial for the 2015 murder of Connie Ridgeway.
The manhunt for Casey White and Vicky White ended Monday afternoon with US Marshals capturing the pair in Evansville, Indiana. Law enforcement authorities say Vicky White killed herself after the Cadillac they were driving in crashed.
Investigators are expected to return Casey White from Indiana to a Lauderdale County courtroom on Tuesday evening. He is to be indicted on the new escape charges, then sent back to prison.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the prison system is ready for Casey White.
“You know, in a county jail there are people coming and going all the time,” Singleton told News 19. “You don’t have that situation in jails.”
“Vicky White took advantage of her knowledge of this because Friday morning is a busy court day,” Singleton continued. “Inmates and deputies are coming in and out of prison on a constant basis, but you don’t have that kind of situation in the state prison. I’m sure they have better security measures.
Casey White is due on trial for capital murder on June 13. It is almost certain that this date will be pushed back, but at today’s status hearing there was no talk of a new trial date.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for White in the 2015 stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway in Rogersville.
Singleton said they were still collecting information on Casey White and Vicky White’s movements since their escape. He said they bought a Ford F-150 in Tennessee, which they then dumped at an Evansville car wash.
He said they appeared to have been in Evansville for at least five days before they were spotted.
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