In a brief meeting with reporters on Thursday, Huntsville attorney Mark McDaniel said he had received physical threats since agreeing to represent capital murder suspect Casey White a day ago. and former escapee from Lauderdale County.
McDaniel also said he plans to file a motion to change venue in the capital murder trial scheduled for next month in Florence and, once White’s case on the escape charges moves forward in the Circuit Court of Lauderdale County, he will also seek to move this lawsuit. from Florence.
McDaniel was accompanied to the briefing by White’s mother, Connie Moore, and her daughter, Addison. They made no comment.
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“We had some in this office today, and back home I got threats, physical threats and threats to property,” McDaniel said. “Let me say this to people who do this. It’s not going to make a fucking difference. All your calls, all your threats you make, it won’t make a difference. I have practiced law for 45 years. I was threatened in every possible way and accused of everything. So if you want to keep doing it, just keep doing it. It won’t affect how we’re going to portray this man here. We are going to give him the best possible defense.
“If you want to call and you want to threaten my life or you want to threaten what you want to threaten, go ahead and go. This will not affect anything we do in this case. I want it to be clear.”
White is due to appear at a preliminary hearing in Florence on June 20. At the hearing, prosecutors will present the case against White and a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury to consider an indictment.
Casey White, 38, has been charged with escape after former jailer Vicky White broke him from prison in chains on April 29.
A nationwide manhunt for the two ended in Evansville, Indiana on May 9.
A brief police chase ended in a rollover accident in which Vicky White, 56, shot herself in the head and Casey White was taken into custody.
Casey White was sent back to Alabama. He is scheduled to stand trial on June 13 for capital murder in the brutal murder of Connie Jane Ridgeway on October 23, 2015.
McDaniel, along with Huntsville attorneys Robert Tuten, Marcus Helstowski, Nickolas Heatherly and Nicholas Lough, were retained by White’s family to represent him in the capital murder and escape cases. On Wednesday, attorneys filed notices to appear with the court in both cases.
“Everyone in this room knows it’s all going to come out in the courtroom,” McDaniel said. “This story is going to be told. It’s just gonna be said in the courtroom.
“We have a story to tell. We can’t tell now. But we have a story to tell, I promise you.
Updated today, May 26, 2022, 4:09 p.m. with new information throughout.