- Investigation into the suicide of Casey White’s ex to be re-opened
- Vicky White’s vehicle is located in Tennessee
- Governor Ivey offers additional reward
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has announced that they are re-opening their investigation into the death of Christy Shelton. Shelton’s 2008 death was originally ruled a suicide, but the recent escape of Shelton’s ex-boyfriend, Casey White, has prompted investigators to take a second look at the shotgun death.
Casey White was present when Christy Shelton allegedly shot herself in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Her family has long maintained that her death was not an accident, according to previous reports by WAFF.
White has a history of violence, including attempting to shoot another ex-girlfriend in 2015 before his arrest on multiple charges which include holding her roommates at gunpoint and shooting a dog in their house. He was convicted and sentenced to serve 75 years in prison for numerous crimes.
Currently, Lauderdale County Deputies are working with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to locate White and the corrections officer who helped him escape, Vicky White (no relation).
It has been determined by the authorities in charge of the investigation that Casey White and Vicky White had been in a clandestine relationship for about two years before the escape. The pair met when Mr. White was first brought to Lauderdale County in 2020 when he was arraigned on murder charges after he confessed to having killed Connie Ridgeway in 2015.
At the time, he was already serving a 75-year sentence for his 2015 crime spree in the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. He was only at the Lauderdale County Jail for a brief period, but it appears to have been long enough for him to form a bond with correctional officer Vicky White, who continued to stay connected with him after he was returned to prison. It was originally believed she had visited there, but no records of that were found. Instead, police believe they only communicated by phone.
No one was aware of their continued relationship until after the escape when details began to emerge about how they met, became entangled, and planned an escape together. The couple was last seen passing through the intersection of Huntsville Road and Cox Creek Parkway at 9:49 a.m., shortly after Ms. White removed Mr. White from the jail by falsely claiming he had a mental health evaluation at the courthouse. Instead, she drove them to the Florence Square Shopping Center and abandoned her police car there.
Currently, the authorities have said they have no clear leads to where the couple might be. Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton has said he thinks they may just be laying low somewhere “waiting for things to die down” before taking whatever their next step may be. He said it was “obvious this was very well planned out.”
Police have pointed out that even though Vicky White participated in the escape, seemingly of her own free will, that doesn’t mean she isn’t now in danger. Casey White is known to be a violent man, especially toward the women in his life.
White’s mother, Connie White, has made statements in defense of her son. She claims that he is not the monster he has been portrayed as by authorities. In a phone interview with the New York Post, she said that he is innocent of murder and that he only claimed responsibility for the murder of Connie Ridgeway to get out of the prison he was in because of the horrible conditions there.
She further stated that her son had never spoken to her about Vicky White or any relationship between them. She said he mentioned having a pen pal, but not who it was or anything in particular about their communications. Her last conversation with her son was the day before his escape. According to her, he was behaving normally and did not indicate he had any plans to disappear.
Local police and federal agents have a very different opinion, warning the public that Casey White and Vicky White are believed to be armed and dangerous. They have pointed to the fact that the former correctional officer has two aliases that she has used in the past but has likely ceased to use now that they are known by the authorities.
Ms. White used one of the aliases to purchase the 2007 Ford Edge they used to flee. That vehicle has now been found in a Williamson County, Tennessee tow yard after being found abandoned in the woods on May 7, 2022. There was evidence that an attempt to spray paint it had been made but it is unknown why it was abandoned or where the couple went from there. Still, it is the first solid lead police have had in the case since the escape.
Governor Kay Ivey has now added another $5,000 reward for each fugitive for any information leading to the capture of the two wanted fugitives. These rewards are in addition to those already being offered by U.S. Marshalls.