The family of Connie Ridgeway tells CNN they are “relieved” that Casey White was captured as a judge ruled during an emergency status conference that White’s capital murder trial will start in June.
After the emergency hearing on Tuesday regarding the capital case against White for Ridgeway's 2015 murder, her son Austin Williams told CNN’s Nadia Romero that White’s capture was a “huge relief” and “it felt like a miracle.”
White initially confessed to killing Ridgeway until later pleading not guilty.
Seven years later, Williams said, "I’ve been waiting for a long time, waiting just a little bit longer, I think things will be fine. They did the right thing by getting him over to Donaldson as soon as possible and I’m just looking forward to that trial date."
Williams said he was relieved that White had been caught.
"It just didn’t look very hopeful at all," he said. "They had a head start not a lot of leads and stuff and just felt like a really good plan and it turns out that they didn’t which was which worked out, fortunately."
During the proceeding, it was discussed that a 72-hour hearing window will begin when Casey White arrives back in Lauderdale County to face a judge after his escape on April 29 and recapture in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.
Judge Ben Graves said, "the court's intention is for Casey White not to be held another hour in our jail."
White will be transferred to Donaldson Correctional Facility after facing a judge in Lauderdale County, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Singleton.
Alabama law requires that a person in custody be seen by a judge within 72 hours of their detainment.
As of now, the capital murder trial is still scheduled for June 13, however, attorneys for White could request more time, causing the trial to be re-scheduled.
White's attorney, Jamie Poss, submitted one specific request to the court asking for "a few minutes with Casey outside of the court before the hearing proceedings."
The Judge said White will be heading back to Lauderdale County later today but did not specify the exact time.