An Alabama corrections officer who helped a convicted murderer to escape from jail has been fired and will lose her pension, Sheriff Rick Singleton said Wednesday.
Vicky White was Assistant Director of Corrections at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility when she helped Casey White to escape on Friday, April 29.
She had planned to retire the following Monday and had applied for state-funded retirement benefits.
Authorities say Vicky White, who is no relation to Casey White, violated jail policy when she told staff she was taking Casey to the courthouse in her marked patrol car.
The jail has a mandatory policy requiring two corrections officers when transporting a detainee.
Surveillance video shows the pair leaving the facility in her marked vehicle. The empty vehicle was spotted in the Florence Square parking lot, about 10 minutes away from the jail.
"We know that there was never any effort to go to the courthouse. They went straight to Florence Square parking lot, dumped the patrol car, got in the other vehicle and left," Singleton said.
Vicky met Casey in 2020 when he was serving time for murder at a state prison. He was transferred to the county jail in February to attend court hearings in his capital murder case.
The pair had kept in touch when he was at the state prison, the sheriff said.
Other jail inmates said Casey White, who is 6-foot-9, received "special treatment" from Vicky while he was detained at the jail.
The inmates told investigators Casey White "was getting extra food on his trays" and "was getting privileges no one else got. And this was all coming from her."
Vicky White sold her house and was reportedly living with her mother when she went on the run with Casey White. The sheriff said she is flush with cash.
She bought a 2007 rust-colored Ford Edge with an unknown license plate last week, according to officials.
"We assume they are going to ditch that car at the first opportunity when they get wind that the description is out there," the sheriff said. "So we're back to square one."
They are armed with an AR-15 and shotgun, police say.