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HPD, ALEA officials issue statements on murder investigation involving former officer

Former Huntsville Police Officer David McCoy is accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend
HPD's Mark McMurray and ALEA's Jason Peek speak to the media on Thursday.
HPD's Mark McMurray and ALEA's Jason Peek speak to the media on Thursday.(WAFF)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 3:33 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 10:14 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) held a news conference about the capital murder case involving a HPD police officer.

Watch the full news conference here:

HPD, ALEA officials hold news conference on capital murder case

David McCoy was off-duty at the time when he allegedly murdered his pregnant girlfriend, Courtney Spraggins, on Jan. 7. The Madison County Coroner released the results of an autopsy that confirmed the cause of death was by gunshot wound. Spraggins’ death has been labeled as a homicide.

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray announced McCoy is no longer an employee of HPD or the City of Huntsville.

ALEA Captain Jason Peek announced no new charges during Thursday’s update.

An officer was stripped of his badge.

“Monday morning January 10th I rescinded the administrative leave and placed McCoy on leave without pay unexcused. David McCoy is no longer a police officer or an employee of the city of Huntsville at this time,” said Police Chief Mark McMurray.

It comes a week after David McCoy allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend who was 7 months pregnant with his child at Weston Ranch Apartments in Madison.

“David McCoy, 28 of Madison, was arrested and officially charged with capital murder. McCoy an officer with Huntsville Police Department at the time, was also off-duty at the time of this incident,” said ALEA Captain, Jason Peek.

Some in the community who attended Thursday night’s city council meeting spoke about McCoy being removed from the force so quickly. Pointing to former HPD Officer William Darby who remained on paid administrative leave for over 2 months AFTER being convicted of murder. Darby shot and killed 49-year-old Jeffery Parker in 2018 when responding to a suicide call.

“I would like to thank the city for shortening the length of time taxpayers are required to pay for the people who murder us,” said one Huntsville resident.

“A grand jury indicted your employee for murder. You then voted to use our money for his defense. You kept him on the city payroll until it became downright embarrassing to the city,” said another.

Huntsville City Council member Frances Akridge says the cases aren’t comparable…

“The Darby case is nowhere near close to what happened on Friday,” said Akridge.

Chief McMurray says this incident is not a reflection of the force.

“To the family of Miss Courtney Spraggins, how deeply saddened and shocked we are as a community and as a police department, that this murder has taken place. We extend to you our sincerest condolences and want to assure you and all of the community Huntsville, that this does not represent our police department, our police officers or our community of Huntsville. Our commitment to you is for full accountability and that justice will be served,” said Chief McMurray.

This news conference comes on the heels of the lead attorney, Richard Jensen, for McCoy asking and being granted a withdrawal from the case on Wednesday. Jensen said that he did not want his recent media interactions to negatively impact McCoy’s case.

Chief McMurray answered questions following both statements. He said McCoy joined the force as a former Marine. According to the Public Affairs Officer for the Marines, McCoy was given an honorable discharge. He served from 2012 until 2018.

The Chief announced HPD officers involved SBI investigators immediately after McCoy was determined as a person of interest in the case.

McMurray invited the public to all future Huntsville Police Citizens Advisory Committee meetings to provide input on future police recruitment processes.

Watch the full news conference at the top of this story.

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