(NewsNation) — Escaped inmate Casey White is now back in Alabama. The capital murder suspect and former fugitive was appearing in a special court hearing.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton says a judge was placed on standby for Casey White’s arraignment Tuesday night.
As he entered the courthouse, reporters asked Casey White if he loved Vicky White, the late corrections officer accused of aiding his escape, but he did not answer.
Once the hearing ends, Singleton says Casey White will be taken to the Alabama Department of Correction, not the county jail he reportedly escaped from on April 29 with help from Vicky White.
Casey White was transported to Florence, Alabama, from Evansville, Indiana, where he was captured Monday after a rollover crash.
Investigators found the couple carrying $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle. They were prepared for a shootout when they were captured, according to Vanderburgh County, Indiana Sheriff Dave Wedding.
After trailing them through three states, the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Casey White and Vicky White to a motel across from the sheriff’s office in Evansville on Monday. The duo took off when they saw authorities there, leading U.S. marshals and Vanderburgh County deputies on a chase that ended in the rollover crash initiated by a pit maneuver by investigators.
Investigators say Vicky White shot herself at the scene and was rushed to the hospital. Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear confirmed that Vicky White died by suicide.
Wedding says Casey White showed no remorse over the death of Vicky White, with whom authorities say he shared a special relationship for the past two years.
According to Wedding, Casey White also told investigators after his capture that “he was probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives.” The sheriff added that the crash initiated by a pit maneuver likely “saved many lives.”
“We believe that they were leaving room 150 for good and traveling elsewhere,” Wedding said Tuesday night.
Wedding also says he believes the couple had camping gear with them.
At the time of his escape, Casey White was charged with capital murder for a deadly stabbing and was already serving a 75-year sentence for a 2015 crime spree that involved a home invasion, carjacking and police chase.
“I spoke to her mother. Her mother has been extremely distraught over the last several days, very stressed out,” Singleton said, referring to Vicky White’s mother.
“They’re good people, and you know, they are just as shocked as the rest of us that her daughter would do something like this,” Singleton added.
It is unclear who will get the money that Casey White and Vicky White left behind during the police pursuit. However, Casey White’s mother will likely be the next person in line once it is released, according to Singleton.