THE death of Vicky White has raised a number of questions after the wanted guard was found dead from a gunshot wound to her head.
It was initially reported that Vicky White, 56, turned a gun on herself as police closed in on her and her jailbird lover Casey White, 38, following a high-speed chase that ended in a wreck in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.
Audio of a dispatch call between first responders suggested that Vicky told officers she was holding a gun and had her finger placed on the trigger.
A single gunshot wound then rang out. As officers moved in, Casey White is reported to have told them: "Help my wife, she just shot herself."
Vicky was taken to the hospital in a critical condition and was pronounced dead hours later. Casey White was taken into custody, bringing an end to a frantic 11-day manhunt.
Police initially said she had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. However, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, Vicky's former employer, said he wouldn't be surprised if it was actually Casey that shot the corrections officer dead.
An autopsy is being carried out on Vicky's remains to determine the nature of her death.
'HE'S JUST EVIL'
In the meantime, family members of Casey White's late ex-girlfriend Christy Shelton have marked the chilling similarities in which the two women died.
Christy, 31, was found dead inside a trailer belonging to Casey White's mom on February 1, 2008, in Lexington, Alabama.
Casey White was inside the trailer with Christy when the fatal shot rang out.
Her death was ruled a suicide at the time but the case was reopened last week with investigators probing whether foul play may have been involved. The breakthrough comes after years of insistence from Christy's family that the mother-of-three would've never abandoned her children by taking her own life.
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Christy's cousin, Lori Boon, marked the similarities between Christy's and Vicky's death, calling it "quite the coincidence" that two of Casey White's partners had apparently taken their own lives in his presence.
"I don't know what to think at this point," she told The US Sun by phone on Tuesday. "I'm just stumped because there's no limit to what he's capable of.
"We obviously don't know if he did it but I wouldn't doubt that he did by any means.
"He's just evil," she added.
'QUITE THE COINCIDENCE'
Lori, who met Casey a handful of times, said his relationship with Christy and how he appears to have persuaded Vicky White to free him from jail proves the six-foot-nine serial con "has some kind of a hold over women."
"It makes me wonder even if he didn’t pull the trigger, did he not coax them into doing it?" she alleged.
"He obviously has some kind of hold over women or something, that he can control them … but for two women to supposedly commit suicide right in front of him that’s very strange and seems to be a pattern."
At the time of her mysterious death, Christy was embroiled in a bitter divorce from her estranged husband. She had also recently had her three children taken away from her by Child Protective Services.
The husband, who The US Sun is not naming, was allegedly both physically and emotionally abusive to Christy, and would often threaten to harm her.
"He just wasn't a good person and Christy was really scared of him at the time," Lori said. "And I think the reason she was with Casey was that she felt like he would protect her."
The circumstances in which Christy met White remain unclear, though Lori met him a few times shortly after the pair first got together.
Describing Casey White as a "gigantic" figure, Lori said after meeting him for the first time she was left feeling repulsed.
"My first impression of him was sickening," she said, "that's the feeling I got from him, he just made me feel uneasy ... just the way he talked and everything.
"You could also tell that he was just not intelligent at all," Lori added. "And I remember saying to Christy, 'Oh my gosh, what are you doing with this man?'"
Waiving off her cousin's concerns, Christy continued to date White.
As Lori understands it, the pair had been eating Chinese food inside a trailer belonging to White's mother in Lexington on Feb. 1, 2008, the night Christy died.
She suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest, reportedly fired from a "sawn-off shotgun", and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office has not yet returned a comment request from The US Sun seeking more details about the case.
But Lori and her mother claimed that paramedics were reportedly so frightened of White when they arrived on the scene they wouldn't enter the trailer to attend to Christy until police were present.
In the wake of Vicky's death, Lori said she empathizes with the late guard and her family, insisting she's "very, very sad that she's gone."
Describing the 56-year-old as a partial victim, Lori added: "But I blame her too a little bit, I guess.
"It's hard ... because it's kind of self-inflicted but he is also a very controlling person I believe."
Any suspicions of foul play in Vicky's death will blow the investigation into Christy's death "wide open", she believes.
"The fact that Christy is supposed to have shot herself in front of Casey should open [investigators’] eyes to what’s happened to Vicky and how he claims she shot herself too," she added.
A WEIGHT LIFTED
Casey White, 38, was taken into custody on Monday 11 days after he escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on April 29 with the help of veteran guard Vicky White
The pair, who are not related but are believed to be romantically involved, were captured after a high-speed chase ended in a wreck in Evansville. Vicky is believed to have been driving the vehicle.
The pursuit began shortly after the pair was located by investigators at a nearby hotel.
Lori said she and her family are "relieved" that Casey White is now back behind bars, insisting they've spent the last two weeks believing the accuser murderer could "burst through the door at any moment."
"We’re relieved," she said. "It feels like the world has been taken off of our shoulders.
"The rumor around here was that they were hiding somewhere in the area, so it made you think, 'well, he's clearly hanging around for something.'"
Fearful a boogeyman may be lurking in the shadows, Lori and her children moved in with her parents while Casey White remained at large.
Following his arrest on Monday, Lori said: "I slept better that night than I have in a long time."
NEW DETAILS SHARED BY POLICE
Casey White appeared in court virtually on Monday morning where he waived his right to extradition from Indiana to Alabama, meaning a transfer could take place imminently.
It’s unclear currently if he’ll return to the same facility he escaped from, but Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said on Monday that Casey White would "never see the light of day" and will remain handcuffed in his cell at all times.
"He will be in a cell by himself. He will stay in handcuffs and shackles while he's in that cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it," Singleton said.
"He's not getting out of this jail again. I'll assure you that."
At a press conference on Tuesday, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office revealed that four handguns and an AR-15 rifle were found in the wreckage of Casey and Vicky's car.
Also recovered was around $29,000 in cash and a number of disguises, including red and blonde wigs.
Sheriff Dave Wedding said that following a preliminary investigation, authorities do not believe Casey White fired that shot that killed Vicky White, though a pathologist will ultimately determine the facts of the matter.
Wedding added that Casey White indicated to police during an interview that he and Vicky anticipated having a shoot-out with police that would ultimately end their lives.
"What was going through [Vicky's] mind I have now idea," Wedding said. "But he was not forcing her, it was a mutual relationship.
"It's an unpleasant thought that someone [in law enforcement] would do that."
'THROW AWAY THE KEY'
Casey White had been serving a 75-year sentence for a spree of violent crimes that included attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend, stealing a car, and shooting dead a dog.
He was also scheduled to face trial after confessing to the murder of Connie Ridgeway, a 58-year-old mother-of-two who was brutally stabbed to death during a home invasion robbery in 2015.
In an eerie coincidence, Christy and Lori grew up across the street from Ridgeway and her two sons, Austin and Cameron, years before her murder.
Now he's been caught, Lori said she hopes Casey White is "kept behind bars forever if not worse."
She added: "I can’t say that somebody dying would make me happy by any means.
"But if he has done all that - and I believe he has - then he doesn't need to be walking around anymore, that's for sure."