Preliminary hearing set for Huntsville police officer charged with capital murder

MADISON COUNTY, Alabama (WHNT) – A Huntsville police officer who allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend at an apartment complex on Friday has a court date set.

Madison County District Judge Linda Coats has scheduled a preliminary hearing for David McCoy for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Madison County Courthouse.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged McCoy, 28, with capital murder after the shooting death of Courtney Spraggins, of Trion, Georgia. Spraggins was 7 months pregnant and was in a relationship with McCoy, her family told News 19.

The arrest warrant stated that Spraggins had been shot inside her car at the Weston Ranch Apartments, where McCoy lived. The apartments have an address in Madison but are under the jurisdiction of the Huntsville Police Department. HPD agents answered the initial call, but then turned the matter over to the SBI. Spraggins’ family say she was moving to Huntsville the day she was killed.

McCoy’s lawyers have filed a motion for a gag order in the case that would prevent lawyers, witnesses or parties involved from speaking about the case. They also called on the court to deny the public access to the pre-trial proceedings and the pre-trial file. The court has set a hearing on the gag order for January 18.

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