Escaped US inmate, ex-jail officer caught

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A former Alabama jail official on the run with a murder suspect she was accused of helping escape has died after authorities caught up with the pair following more than a week of searching.

The man she fled with surrendered. The death of Vicky White, 56, only deepened the mystery of why a respected jail official would leave everything to help free Casey White, 38, a hulking inmate with a violent history.

Following a manhunt through three states, the fugitives were caught in Evansville, Indiana, when US Marshals chasing them crashed into their vehicle.

Casey White gave himself up and Vicky White shot herself and was taken to a hospital, authorities said. Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear said she died from her injuries.

Before her death, authorities celebrated the fugitives' arrest.

"We got a dangerous man off the street today. He is never going to see the light of day again," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton of Alabama said.

The manhunt began April 29 when Vicky White, the assistant director of corrections for the jail in Lauderdale County, allegedly helped engineer the escape of Casey White, who was awaiting trial in a capital murder case.

Vicky White had told co-workers she was taking the inmate from the jail for a mental health evaluation at the courthouse, but the two, who are not related, instead fled the area.

The car they took off in was found abandoned in Tennessee, but there was no trace of the pair until US Marshals received a tip on Sunday that surveillance photos from an Evansville car wash showed a man who resembled Casey White getting out of a pick-up truck, the Marshals Service said.

On Monday, officials learned the pair was spotted near the sheriff's office, said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding in Indiana. As officers arrived, the pair fled in a vehicle. US Marshals collided with them "to try to end the pursuit".

Casey White was injured, not too seriously, in the crash and Vicky White then shot herself, causing "very serious" injuries, Wedding said.

Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other charges. He was awaiting trial in the stabbing of a woman during a burglary in 2015. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Vicky White was charged with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree.

Vicky White's family and co-workers said they were stunned by her involvement. Singleton said she had been an exemplary employee but, in hindsight, it appeared the plan had been in the works for some time.

Inmates said the two had a special relationship and she gave Casey White better treatment than other inmates. She had recently sold her home and bought what would become the getaway car that authorities later found abandoned in Tennessee.

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