A former Alabama corrections officer and a prison inmate who led officers into an 11-day search this year spoke on the phone hundreds of times before the inmate escaped, and most calls were clear, a law enforcement official said Thursday. were clearly.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said so far investigators have heard slightly more than half of the 949 calls Vicky White and Casey White made to each other from August 2021 to February while he was in prison at the William Donaldson Correctional Facility. Were. The pair were not related.
Investigators are looking at recorded calls to prepare for the prosecution of Casey White, said Singleton, whose comments were first reported by AL.com.
When the call began, Casey White was in prison for a series of crimes in 2015 that included a home invasion, a carjacking, and flight from police. While he was behind bars, he confessed to a different crime — the 2015 murder of Connie Ridgeway, 58 — and was taken to Lauderdale County Jail in February to await trial.
Vicky White, the prison’s assistant director, had been an employee there for nearly two decades. On April 29, the day that was supposed to be the last before he retired, he and Casey White disappeared.
“So far we haven’t found anything regarding the escape,” Singleton said. “Most of it is basically phone sex.”
“It happens about four times a day on average,” he said.
Casey White’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In early July, nearly two months after Vicky White died by suicide, as authorities closed the pair, Casey White was charged with a felony in her death. He has pleaded not guilty.
Officials have said the pair had a “special relationship” and had been in contact for some years. After the police chase ended on May 10 when he crashed a Cadillac sedan into the Indiana ditch, Casey White got out of the car and said that his “wife” had taken her own life and that he “didn’t do it.”
Singleton said Thursday that he believes Casey White molested his former employee — a practice he described as a routine in prison.
“She was at work for 17 years,” he said. “She saw young officers come in and molest. Everyone has been contacted. We tell them to be prepared for this, and she will be the one who will train them.”
As with Casey White, Singleton alleged, “he deceived himself.”