“I just have no idea why they’ve painted him as a monster,” Connie White stated over the phone about her son, who escaped Friday morning from the Lauderdale County Jail with the assistance of a dishonest female corrections official, according to authorities.
Connie stated she talked to her son a day before his disappearance and “everything was perfectly fine.”
Asst. Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56, escorted Casey, 38, out of the Lauderdale County Jail on Tuesday, police say. They released a video of the escape on Tuesday.
“He never mentioned Vicky White,” Connie said. “He said he had a pen pal but I had no idea who it was.”
Vicky, who was entrusted with transporting detainees, had indicated she was bringing Casey to a mental health examination at the courtroom, authorities said. It was a fabricated appointment and the duo dumped her police car in a nearby retail complex’s parking lot and both had not been seen since then, according to officials.
The two organized their escape as a normal appointment for the convict.
Casey White had been serving a seventy-five-years-sentence for attempted murder, robbery, burglary, abduction and animal abuse. He faced murder charges after admitting stabbing Connie Ridgeway, 58, to death.
“The only reason he came out to Lauderdale County was to get out of the prison he was in,” she said.
“He wrote a letter to say that he murdered that woman. But he didn’t really murder her, he just done that to get back up here.
“He just wanted to be out of that prison because it was so bad and there was no food.”
Casey talked to his mother a day before he escaped from the prison and she did not realize anything was wrong.
Vicky and Casey are suspected of being dangerous and armed, according to officials. An ex-girlfriend of the convict who previously said he attempted to murder her told a local media she was worried he would try to locate her.
“They’ve [local police] promised to step up patrols, but we are freaking out. We don’t know if he is going to show up and take us out like he tried to do before,” the girlfriend told WAAY 13.
Despite severe warnings from authorities and fear from prior victims, Connie chose to defend her son.
“I don’t think so. He’s not a monster, I’ll put it that way,” she said just before abruptly ending the call.
“He is not the monster they are making him out to be, at all.”
Authorities have offered a reward amount of $15,000 against any information that could lead to the suspect’s detention.