WATCH: Inmate and Officer – The unlikely escape from the Alabama prison

A guard with an immaculate record and an inmate charged with murder: This unlikely couple has been pissing off US law enforcement for days as they investigate a seemingly planned out-of-the-minute Alabama prison escape.

The guard, Vicky White, had never caused trouble in the jail in Florence, a small town in the southern state of the United States.

The prisoner, Casey White – the two are not related – had numerous clashes with the law and was sentenced to 75 years in prison for kidnapping, burglary and attempted murder, among other crimes.

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Their story began in 2020, when Casey White, a former detainee in a state prison, confessed to killing a woman five years earlier.

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

That’s where he first met Vicky White, according to Sheriff Rick Singleton.

‘special privileges’

While Casey White was in Lauderdale County Jail, law enforcement was informed of a potential escape plan: they ransacked his cell and found a weapon.

He was immediately sent back to the state prison, but the two remained in contact.

“He said he had a pen pal, but I had no idea who he was,” said Casey White’s mother, Connie White. New York post.

He claims that his son has never killed anyone and that his confession was false, made only to force a change in his life arrangements.

“He just wanted to be out of that prison because it was so bad,” he said.

The 38-year-old was still charged with the murder and two years later found himself in the Florence county jail to attend a nearby court hearing for the case.

It was in February. In the months that followed, until his escape on Friday, the inmate continued to benefit from a relationship with Vicky White.

“We have no evidence of any physical relationship,” Singleton noted, but other prisoners have spoken of “special privileges” granted to Casey White.

“He was doing special things for him that the other inmates didn’t get,” Singleton said.

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Now, that same prisoner is on the run and the police say he is armed and “extremely dangerous”.

Casey White’s mother said her son “is not at all the monster they are making him look like,” – but an ex-girlfriend told a local TV station “Casey White is very dangerous.”

“He’s dangerous to everyone around him,” he said, offering advice to Vicky White if the two are really on the run together.

“Go away,” the ex-girlfriend warned. “Do the right thing before you lose your life or before someone else does.”

‘Disbelief’

Vicky White was a “model employee,” according to Singleton. County District Attorney Chris Connolly called her “the strongest person in jail.”

He never showed any clue that anything was wrong.

Last month, 56-year-old Vicky White moved in with her mom after selling her home for $ 95,000 – less than the asking price – and announced her retirement.

Her last day on the job was Friday, when she fabricated a court-ordered psychological assessment for Casey White.

He said he had to accompany him to the appointment.

The two never returned and the authorities realized they were missing that afternoon around 3:30 pm.

Vicky White’s mother, Pat Davis, was “in disbelief” at the incident.

“At first I thought it was a mistake,” he said.

“He never did anything, I bet he never got even a speeding ticket,” Davis told local television channel WAAY31.

Nothing in the escape prison surveillance footage offers clues that the prisoner and guard were in league.

In the video, she holds the door open for him, but doesn’t seem to give him a glimpse until she gets into the back seat of a sheriff’s car, hands and feet chained.

She is seen walking in front of her, getting into the driver’s seat and walking away, around 9:30 am.

Casey White and Vicky White were last seen on the same day, in a rust-colored Ford SUV about 40 kilometers from the prison.

“I’d be surprised if they were still in Alabama,” Sheriff Singleton said.

Authorities have offered up to $ 15,000 for information leading to the capture of the fugitives.

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