An attorney who used to represent escaped murderer Casey White says his jail guard lover was likely the mastermind behind his prison break.
Dale Bryant was the defense attorney for Casey when he was sentenced in 2019 on counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and other felonies dating back to 2015.
Bryant claims while the 6ft 9in inmate has a lengthy criminal history and escaped from jail before, his most recent getaway – which took place 11 days ago – was ‘far too thorough and too far-thinking’.
‘That is not Casey’s MO,’ Bryant told Newsweek on Sunday. ‘None of his crimes were planned. They are all short sighted; in the moment crimes.’
He added: ‘Even his prior escape attempt from the same county jail was spontaneous.’
The attorney also noted footage of their escape suggests jail guard Vicky White, who was in a more than two-year relationship with Casey, looks more worrisome than him.
‘If you notice in the video of the two leaving the jail, Casey’s body language does not look like someone that is hiding something,’ Bryant said. ‘Her body language looks more hurried and anxious.’
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, who worked with Vicky for many years, echoed the lawyer’s claim, saying the escape was ‘well-planned and thought out’.
He revealed that in the week leading up to the jailbreak Vicky purchased men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visited a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
‘We just confirmed that this was well-planned and thought out,’ Singleton told the TODAY Show Monday. ‘Obviously, she bought some clothes for him. The adult store thing? I don’t know what that was about.’
Confessed murderer Casey, 38, broke out of Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama on April 29, aided by 57-year-old prison guard Vicky White.
The pair – who are unrelated but are said to be lovers – are still on the run from authorities 11 days after they were supposed to arrive at an Alabama courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation’.
‘I really had hoped that we would have had them in a couple of days, three days max,’ the sheriff added.
Confessed murderer Casey White, 38 (left) broke out of Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama on April 29, aided by 57-year-old prison guard Vicky White (right). Casey’s former attorney believes the jail guard was likely the mastermind behind his escape
Dale Bryant was the defense attorney for Casey when he was sentenced in 2019. He claims that while Casey has a lengthy criminal history and escaped from jail before, his most recent getaway – which took place 11 days ago – was ‘far too thorough and too far-thinking’
Former correctional officer Vicky White (pictured) was seen checking out of the Quality Inn in Florence, Alabama, the morning she was seen helping her convict ‘lover’ escape jail
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s disappearance
April 18: Jail guard Vicky White sold her Lexington home. Public records revealed she sold the property for $95,550, which was below market value. She started living with her mother after the sale.
April 28: Vicky submits retirement paperwork to officials at Lauderdale County Jail. According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, she had been discussing her retirement for many months and ‘talked about going to the beach’ afterwards.
April 29 at 5.21am: Vicky checks out of a Quality Inn Florence, Alabama.
8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation.’ She told the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Approximately 11pm: College Grove, Tennessee resident Jackie Adams finds Vicky’s SUV – with tinted windows and no tags – abandoned by her home. She reported the vehicle to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, which had it towed.
May 1: Us Marshals offer a $10,000 – now up to $25,000 – for Casey
May 3: US Marshals issued a warrant for Vicky. charging her with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree in connection with capital murder
May 4: Vicky and Casey were seen driving around Florence in a police cruiser on gas station surveillance
May 6: Tennessee cops discover the impounded SUV belonged to white, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers, and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’ property.
Drones and helicopters descended on Adams’ home – where they remained for hours and into the evening.
2.15pm: The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweets ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
10.30pm: Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly reveals that Vicky withdrew $90K in cash out of a series of bank accounts in the days ahead of the escape.
May 7: Connolly reveals investigators’ theory that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair. Officials also suspect Vicky might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
May 9 at 8.05am: Sheriff Singleton revealed that in the week leading up to the jailbreak Vicky purchased men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visited a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
Source: WAAY-TV, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, NewsNation, TODAY and DailyMail.com
Bryant also believes Casey may attempt ‘suicide by cop’.
He claimed his former client wanted to die when he was arrested back in 2015 and suggested Casey could likely shoot at police officers to elicit a deadly response.
‘Casey wanted to die… He was trying to get the officers to shoot him and that is kind of my fear, how this situation is going to end,’ Bryant told WAFF last week.
‘I’m afraid that Casey may try to shoot them [police officers] to try and get them to shoot him. I want to say in his interview after his arrest and in my conversations with him, he wanted to die that day.’
Bryant went on to declare the escaped suspected murderer is actually a ‘decent person’ when on appropriate medication, but warned he ‘can’t function in the real world’ and is prone to self-medication with dangerous substances.
‘Casey suffers from a mental illness… When he’s on medication and in a supervised environment… he’s a decent person. When he gets out of incarceration, he self medicates by smoking methamphetamine or taking other illegal substances,’ Bryant said.
Bryant’s comments came as a woman living in Tennessee discovered Casey and Vicky’s getaway car had been abandoned outside her home.
‘It’s eerie that they were here,’ College Grove resident Jackie Adams told DailyMail.com Saturday after coming across the suspicious vehicle on the evening of April 29, roughly 100 miles from the jail the pair had fled earlier that day.
Adams, 41 who drives a school-bus in the rural town, said she was coming home from one of her other jobs when she saw the then-unidentified SUV with tinted windows and no tags, which belongs to former corrections officer Vicky.
‘I went ahead and called the sheriff’s office to have it towed. We know all of our neighbors and I immediately knew it wasn’t anybody’s car.’
The car – which contained contained Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys – was towed later that day, with sheriffs seemingly unaware of the vehicle’s connection to then burgeoning manhunt.
The car sat in a Tennessee tow lot for an entire week, but cops on Friday realized the impounded vehicle belonged to Vicky, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’ property Friday morning – a week after she had reported the vehicle.
‘It was pretty intense yesterday,’ the school bus driver recalled Saturday to DailyMail.com.
She said officers searched her property, the properties around her home, and nearby woods relentlessly into the night, for any clues as to the location of the pair – whom police believe are romantically involved.
Speaking to DailyMail.com just hours after drones and helicopters descended on the home – where they remained for hours and into the evening, according to Adams – the homeowner said she hopes the duo are long gone.
‘I would hope that the people aren’t here but I hope that they find them soon so that people around here can sleep peacefully,’ Adams said, adding that the car turning up in the usually quiet neighborhood left her and others feeling on edge.
‘We know everybody on our road and we watch out for each other.’
She added ‘We have children and we like to trust that our kids are safe in their yards but now we can’t trust that.’
Cops say Vicky, a 57-year-old prison guard at Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama with a spotless record, helped confessed murderer Casey White escape custody the morning of April 29, the day she was scheduled to retire.
Vicky, who was an assistant director of corrections at the facility, used a police vehicle to ferry Casey out of the maximum-security jail, under the guise that she was taking the con to a scheduled mental health evaluation.
The pair then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge – the car Adams would discover on her property hours later.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said at a press briefing Friday that the couple’s escape vehicle was abandoned roughly two hours away from the jail.
Jackie Adams – who discovered the abandoned getaway car of fugitive prison guard Vicky White and convicted killer Casey White last Friday – says she felt unease after finding the vehicle outside her Tennessee home, just hours after the duo had escaped an Alabama prison
Vicky, who was an assistant director of corrections at Lauderdale County, used a police vehicle to ferry Casey out of the maximum-security facility, under the guise that she was taking the con to a scheduled mental health evaluation. The pair then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge (pictured), which was found in Tennessee
Adams was coming home from one of her other jobs when she saw the then unidentified SUV parked outside the house. The car – which contained Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys – had no tags, so cops had it towed, not knowing it belonged to the at-large corrections officer
The Marshals have released various photos of the couple, showing off Casey’s tattoos – many which have references to white supremacy – and what they would look with different hairstyles
‘I think this was a very well thought out plan,’ said Singleton. ‘We’re sort of at a loss.’
Singleton noted that Vicky was divorced but continued living with her ex-husband, who died of Parkinson’s disease earlier this year. He wonders if grief at the loss of her former partner may have triggered her recent actions.
The sheriff of Williamson County, where the SUV was discovered, said in a tweet earlier Friday that ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
Investigators have also learned that Vicky had sold her home in the weeks before the escape, and had withdrawn about $90,000 in cash from several banks in the area, Singleton said.
He also noted that Vicky had used an alias to purchase the SUV and was likely to try to do that again.
New video released Wednesday shows Vicky and Casey driving to the Florence Square shopping center on Friday where they abandoned the sheriff’s car used during the escape
The US Marshals Service, a federal agency specialized in fugitive manhunts, also said in a report Friday that Vicky might have darkened her hair.
The agency released composite images of what she would look like, as well as photos of Casey White’s tattoos – including one associated with a white supremacist prison gang.
Their report also noted the couple’s stark difference in size, with Casey standing a full foot taller than the former corrections officer.
The reward for information leading to the couple’s arrest has been increased to $25,000, Singleton said.