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Imprisoned man says he was hired to murder Lauderdale County woman in 2015

Casey Cole White

Casey Cole White arrested for 2015 murder case.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 2:07 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 3:38 PM

A man already serving time in prison has confessed to an unsolved Lauderdale County murder.

Casey Cole White is charged with capital murder after the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s office says he confessed to killing Connie Ridgeway in 2015.

White also says someone hired him to do it. That claim remains under investigation.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said Tuesday that White reached out to the lead detective on the case in June.

Connolly said White admitted to killing Ridgeway in her Rogersville apartment in October 2015.

It’s not yet known why White came forward, but Connolly said his confession included crime scene details that never had been released publicly.

Ridgeway’s family, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office have pleaded with people to come forward with more information on the murder for years.

“We've tried to make sure as best we could to keep the investigation alive and were certainly thankful to get a break in June,” Connolly said.

Austin Williams, one of Ridgeway’s sons, said he and his brother have been waiting for this to happen. He said he knows this won’t bring his mother back, but it does give his family some relief knowing her killer is behind bars.

White is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center without bond.

At the time of his confession, he was in prison in Limestone County on a lengthy sentence related to a crime spree.

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