Alabama cop fatally shot pregnant girlfriend in head, lied that she committed suicide: authorities
David McCoy, 29, then a Huntsville police officer, was indicted March 24 on capital murder charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Courtney Spraggins, 26
Investigators allege that McCoy shot Spraggins in the head while they were sitting in a parked car outside his apt in Huntsville on Jan. 7, 2022
Responding officers found Spraggins who was pregnant with his baby, dead in the driver’s seat of the car
After being questioned by police for five hours,McCoy, he admitted, “I did it”
McCoy also allegedly tested positive for gunshot residue, and police said they found a pistol that was not his service weapon along with Spraggins’ cellphone in a closet in his apartment
Ex-cop David McCoy [photo], has been indicted on three counts of capital murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend and their unborn child in Huntsville, Ala, in Jan, 2022. He called 911 and lied that she committed suicide, and told police that he did not know the victim
An Alabama police officer fatally shot his pregnant girlfriend in the head, then lied to 911 dispatchers that she committed suicide, authorities say.
David McCoy, then a former Huntsville police officer, was indicted March 24 on capital murder charges in the 2022 shooting death of his girlfriend, Courtney Spraggins, and their unborn baby.
Investigators allege that McCoy shot Spraggins in the head while they were sitting in a parked car outside his apartment in Huntsville on Jan. 7, 2022, WHNT reported. He was off duty at the time.
The 29-year-old officer called the non-emergency police line to see if it had received any reports of gunshots fired in the area and told the dispatcher he had woken up to the sound of a shot from a small-caliber gun.
When investigators arrived, they found Spraggins, 26, shot in the head in the driver’s seat of the car.
McCoy told responding officers, “I think I’ve seen her once” and that it seemed like she committed suicide.
Courtney Spraggins was pregnant with the then-cop’s child, when she was shot in the head by boyfriend David McCoy inside her car which was parked inside his apt complex in Huntsville, Alabama, in Jan, 2022
According to testimony during McCoy’s preliminary hearing, Spraggins was pregnant with McCoy’s child and came to the apartment because she planned to move to Huntsville. McCoy was living with another woman at the time, according to testimony from that hearing.
Spraggins reportedly, quit her job in December and arrived in Huntsville on Dec. 17 to move in with McCoy but he told her that he “needed more time.” At that point, investigators said Spraggins drove from Huntsville to Maryland.
Investigators described a text exchange between the two around that time in which Spraggins asked McCoy what she was supposed to do, and he responded, “A bullet to the head sounds good to me.”
Eventually, McCoy told Spraggins to come back and that he was ready to take care of her.
She arrived in Huntsville on Jan. 7 and McCoy buzzed her into the gate of the complex at 8:04 a.m.
McCoy told officers responding to the crime scene that he didn’t know Spraggins who pregnant with his child, while suggesting that it looked like a suicide. However, five hours into his police interview, he admitted to the murder
The off duty cop was taken in for questioning after investigators arrived at the scene, and noticed a photo of McCoy in the sun visor inside Spraggins’ car. Investigators also found text messages on the victim’s phone that shed light on events leading up to the double-homicide.
Five hours into his police interview, and after giving several versions of events, McCoy allegedly admitted, “I did it.” The suspect also tested positive for gunshot residue, according to testimony at his preliminary hearing.
Police said they found a pistol that was not his service weapon along with Spraggins’ cellphone in a closet in his apartment. Mail labeled to Spraggins and ultrasound images were found in McCoy’s patrol vehicle, as well.
Investigators said that because of the number of wrong passcode attempts on Spraggins’ phone, they still have not been able to access her phone.
Three days after the shooting, Mark McMurray, Huntsville’s police chief at the time, announced that McCoy was “no longer a police officer or an employee of the City of Huntsville,” AL.com, reported.
A hearing in the case is set for April 4.