Thursday May 05, 2022

VIDEO: Surveillance footage shows inmate and officer escaping Alabama jail

VIDEO: Surveillance footage shows inmate and officer escaping Alabama jail

A videograb shows an inmate escaping with the help of Vicky White, the assistant director of Alabama corrections. AFP

A guard with a spotless record and a convict accused of murder — this unlikely pair has vexed US law enforcement for days as they investigate an Alabama prison break seemingly planned down to the last detail.

The guard, Vicky White, had never before caused trouble at the jail in Florence, a small town in the southern US state.

The prisoner, Casey White -- the two are not related -- has had numerous run-ins with the law, and has been sentenced to 75 years imprisonment for kidnapping, burglary and attempted murder, among other crimes.

Their story began in 2020, when Casey White, already in custody at a state prison, confessed to murdering a woman five years earlier.

His admission was short-lived -- he eventually pleaded not guilty in the case, which is still ongoing -- but as a result he was transferred to a jail in Lauderdale County.