An Alabama corrections officer who vanished from jail with an inmate is needed for serving to the homicide suspect escape, authorities mentioned Monday.
Vicki White, assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County, is accused of allowing of facilitating escape within the first diploma, Sheriff Rick Singleton mentioned at a press convention. A warrant was issued for her arrest Monday.
“We know she participated, whether she did that willingly or if she was coerced, threatened somehow to participate in the case, not really sure. We know for sure she did participate,” Singleton mentioned.
White was final seen Friday when she mentioned she was taking Casey Cole White, who was being held on homicide costs, for a mental-health analysis on the county courthouse.
The sheriff mentioned the patrol car the 2 have been in was discovered at a close-by buying middle parking zone.
He mentioned the pair — who share the identical final identify however usually are not associated — made no try and go to the courthouse.
Singleton added that Vicki White’s job was to coordinate transports, so when she advised different officers she needed to transport the inmate from jail she was not questioned by anybody.
The US Marshals Service has provided a $10,000 reward for data that results in Casey Cole White’s seize.
“We consider both of them dangerous and in all probability both of them are armed,” US Marshal Marty Keely mentioned on the press convention.
The inmate was charged with two counts of capital homicide in September 2020 within the stabbing loss of life of Connie Ridgeway, 58, the company mentioned.
He had been serving a 75-year sentence for a 2015 crime spree, together with holding six folks at gunpoint — and taking pictures one among them and a canine, WBRC reported.
Vicki White advised colleagues she was bringing the inmate to a psychological well being analysis — however there was no such appointment on the court docket’s schedule, Singleton mentioned Friday.
She had additionally claimed that after dropping the prisoner off, she was going to hunt medical consideration as a result of she didn’t really feel properly, Singleton mentioned.
She was alone when she transported the accused assassin, “a strict violation of policy,” he mentioned at a press convention.