With the assurance that Casey White will already spend the rest of his life in prison – a judge last Friday – granted a request by prosecutors to drop the capital murder charge against him. It completes disposition of a long list of criminal charges brought against White, who had a moment in the national spotlight last year while on the run for nine days after escaping and going on the run from the Lauderdale County jail in Florence with the aid of a jail officer.
White’s capital murder trial was set to begin August 14th. That trial has now been canceled. Before White’s escape last year, he was essentially serving a life sentence following multiple felony convictions in 2019 in Limestone County – including attempted murder and first-degree robbery. At the time of the escape, he had served three years of a 75-year sentence.
White was in Florence at the Lauderdale County jail when he slipped away in a car driven by jail officer Vicky White on April 29th. Despite sharing the same last name they were not related.
Rick Singleton, sheriff at that time – said Casey White and Vicky White had a jailhouse romance.
He was at the jail after being charged back in 2020 with capital murder in the death of Connie Ridgeway of Rogersville.
Casey White in June pleaded guilty to felony murder after Vicky White took her own life as law enforcement closed in to capture them in Evansville, Indiana, on May 9th, of 2022. Casey White faced the charge because White died during the commission of a felony. Judge Graves sentenced Casey White to life in prison – to be served with the 75-year sentence he was already facing.
In a motion asking to dismiss a capital murder charge, Connolly stated the trial would require “expenditure of significant state resources.” He also said the investigation into Ridgeway’s 2015 death is ongoing and other people may have been involved.
And White – who will turn 40 in August – will not be eligible for parole until 2081 – at which point he would be 98 years old.
White is currently being held at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.