A former officer with the Huntsville Police Department has been indicted on capital murder charges after he was accused of shooting and killing his pregnant girlfriend in January 2022, officials said.
Prosecutors announced they were charging David McCoy, 29, with three counts of capital murder for the death of Courtney Spraggins, their unborn child and killing Spraggins inside a car on Jan. 7, 2022, WHNT-TV reported.
The incident took place at the Weston Ranch Apartments, where McCoy reportedly lived and was a courtesy officer there on occasion, Front Page Detectives previously reported.
According to WHNT, Spraggins allegedly moved to Huntsville from Maryland to be with McCoy, but he told her he “needed more time” after she arrived. In a text message exchange between McCoy and Spraggins, she asked what to do and he allegedly responded, “A bullet to the head sounds good to me.”
On Jan. 7, 2022, Spraggins returned to Alabama and McCoy let her into the apartment complex around 8:00 a.m., officials said. Investigators said McCoy and Spraggins went for a drive in his truck and when they got back, Spraggins got back in her car, which is when she was fatally shot in the head, WHNT reported.
McCoy allegedly went back to his apartment, changed his clothes and hid his gun, authorities said. He told investigators he was sleeping and woke up to the sound of a gunshot and claimed she died from suicide to 911 dispatchers.
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He told investigators he didn’t know Spraggins and he had “seen her once,” but detectives reportedly found a picture of McCoy inside her car and text messages in her phone allegedly linked McCoy to the shooting.
McCoy was reportedly engaged and living with someone else when Spraggins got pregnant and moved to Huntsville, WAAY-TV reported.
McCoy was let go from his role as a police officer after he became a person of interest in this case, officials said.
Prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty for McCoy if he is convicted.
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