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On-the-run prison officer and inmate loaded getaway truck with weapons ‘ready for police shootout’ | US News

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A fugitive prison officer and murder suspect who was having a “jail romance” had loaded their getaway truck with cash and weapons ready for a shootout with police.

After a car chase on Monday, escaped inmate Casey White turned himself in to authorities, but the a prison worker was found shot in the head and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The couple had stashed $29,000 in cash, four semi-automatic handguns and an assault rifle in the truck they drove the nearly 300 miles from the Alabama jail to Indiana.

Video showed the moment Mr White, 38, was arrested by officers.

At the time of the April 29 escape, Mr White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other offenses and was awaiting trial for stabbing a woman to death during a 2015 burglary.

If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

Police believe he and prison officer Vicky White (they are not related) spent about six days locked up in a motel in Evansville, a small town in Indiana.

Sheriff Dave Wedding said he discovered wigs there, intended to hide their identity.

“They thought they had driven long enough. They wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings and then find the next place to travel,” he added.

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Thousands of dollars in cash were also recovered
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Eleven days ago, Ms White escorted Mr White from a prison in Florence, Alabama, for what she falsely claimed was a mental health assessment.

Sheriff Wedding said of Mrs White’s role in the escape: “He wasn’t forcing her. It was a mutual relationship.”

Casey Cole White, 38, and Vicky White, 56.  Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
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Vicky White has passed away. Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities say it appeared the couple’s plan had been in the works for some time. Ms White had sold her house for around half its market value and bought a car which she parked in a shopping center without the necessary legal number plates.

Police believe she took her own life, but a coroner “will make the decision”, Mr Wedding said.

Mr White told investigators after his capture ‘he was probably going to have a shooting at the stake where they would both lose their lives’, the sheriff added.

What did he tell his mother?

After appearing by video on Tuesday in an Indiana courtroom, it was decided that he would be sent back to Alabama.

Ms. White, the prison’s assistant director of corrections, had requested retirement before the escape, and the day of the escape was her last day on the job.

Sherry Sylvester, who worked with her for 16 years, said Ms White always did “everything right”.

She added, “I know she did wrong and made a terrible mistake, but she’s still your friend.”

Connie Moore, Mr White’s mother, said she last spoke to him by phone the day before the escape. She said maybe her son didn’t know what was going to happen.

“Everything was as normal as it gets. I doubt he even knew he was leaving when she came to pick him up,” she said.

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