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A 10-day nationwide manhunt for Ms White, a 56-year-old corrections officer from Alabama, and White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting trial for murder, ended on Monday evening with a car chase and crash in Evansville. Ms White died from what a coroner ruled to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and White was taken into custody.
As he was handcuffed, White allegedly told officers to help his “wife” and insisted he did not shoot her. The pair were said to have been in a romantic relationship for about two years but police say they were not married.
Meanwhile, Ms White’s last words were revealed in a chilling 911 call where she said “let’s get out and run” and blames White for wanting to stay “at a f****** motel” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.
An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face mounting questions over how the fugitives evaded capture for over a week.
While Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton rose to notoriety over the past few weeks, becoming the leading authority on the escaped fugitives that launched an 11-day manhunt, he’s had a storied career well before the dramatic 29 April jailbreak of Casey White and correctional officer Vicky White.
The 70-year-old, who plans to retire from the force in January after serving for 50 years, told AL.com in an extensive profile how alongside starting a career in law enforcement just shy of his 21st birthday, he also pursued another lifelong dream: becoming a pro-wrestler.
“Some kids want to be astronauts. I wanted to be two things – a cop and a wrestler,’’ he told AL.com. “I was privileged to get to do both of them.”
He spent more than a decade straddling the two worlds of law enforcement and professional wrestling before he – who went by Dr. Death in the ring – decided to hang up his wrestling mask and boots, which are now on display in his office, alongside a smattering of other memorobilia that reveal little parts of the man behind the badge.
Read the full profile from AL.com below.
Graig Graziosi12 May 2022 20:35
Petitions circulate for ‘Car Wash James’ to receive award money offered for information on escaped fugitives
A petition has been started to pressure law enforcement and the Governor of Alabama to pay up on their reward offers to “Car Wash James,” the car wash owner who called police when he spotted capital murder suspect Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White in Indiana.
The US Marshal Service announced a total $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest White and information on Ms White, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey offered a total of $10,000 for the capture of the couple.
Amber Savallo, who started the petition, told WSILTV that the car wash owner, James Stinson, should be rewarded for his report.
“He said if you see…