Huntsville, AL – The Madison County District Attorney’s Office said at a hearing on Friday that it was planning to file two additional capital charges against the former Huntsville police officer accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend and that prosecutors would seek the death penalty.
The family of 26-year-old Courtney Spraggins told police that she spent the holidays with her family in Maryland and then loaded all her belongings into her car to move to Alabama, AL.com reported.
Spraggins was seven months pregnant with a baby fathered by then-Huntsville Police Officer David McCoy.
Her parents said McCoy sent her money to pay for hotels and gas on her trip down to Huntsville, AL.com reported.
Spraggins’ relationship with McCoy had been fraught with problems over the last two years and she had previously suffered a miscarriage the first time she got pregnant with his child, according to her family.
She left to move in with her baby’s father over the objections of her parents, AL.com reported.
The young pregnant woman texted her father to tell him she had arrived at McCoy’s apartment complex on the morning of Jan. 7 and she was murdered shortly thereafter.
Prosecutors said at the preliminary hearing on Jan. 28 that investigators had determined that Spraggins had no idea that McCoy shared the apartment with a fiancé named Abigail, WHNT reported.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Special Agent Brittney Hayes said Spraggins quit her job to move in with McCoy in December but her boyfriend had stopped her from coming at that time because he “needed more time.”
Agent Hayes described to the court a text exchange between Spraggins and McCoy that same month during which she asked him what she was supposed to do, WHNT reported.
The agent testified that McCoy replied “a bullet to the head sounds good to me.”
Spraggins’ parents claimed that the father of the baby had threatened violence during her visit to Huntsville before Thanksgiving, AL.com reported.
“From my understanding, he was not happy about this pregnancy,” her mother told WAFF. “He took her out to a cornfield. He has his gun on him. He looked at her. Apparently, it was in his truck. She said, ‘David what are you doing with that?’ He says, ‘I’m going to kill myself.’”
But McCoy eventually asked Spraggins to return to Huntsville to live with him and claimed he was ready to take care of her, according to the dead woman’s parents.
Agent Hayes said that the heavily pregnant woman arrived at McCoy’s apartment complex on Jan. 7 and her boyfriend buzzed her in at 8:04 a.m., WHNT reported.
She said McCoy and Spraggins took a drive in his truck and returned at about 9:40 a.m.
Then-Officer McCoy, who was off-duty at the time, called in shots fired to police dispatchers at about 10 a.m. but then told responding officers there had been a suicide in the parking lot of the apartment complex.
Spraggins was found inside her parked vehicle with a gunshot wound to her head, WAFF reported.
The investigator said McCoy at first claimed he didn’t know who the pregnant dead woman was but then officers found pictures of him inside her car.
She said pieces of mail address to Spraggins and ultrasound pictures were found in then-Officer McCoy’s patrol vehicle.
Agent Hayes said McCoy changed his story several times during police interviews, WHNT reported.
She said that after the shooting he changes clothes, hid his gun in the closet, and called the police department’s non-emergency number.
McCoy also claimed to investigators that he didn’t remember the shooting, just running with the gun up to his apartment afterwards, WHNT reported.
After five hours of questioning, McCoy told investigators, “I did it,” according to Agent Hayes.
She said McCoy’s fiancé was also questioned and claimed a woman named Courtney had been “blowing up” McCoy’s phone a month earlier, WHNT reported.
The agent said police found a gun that was not his service weapon and Spraggins’ locked phone in a closet in McCoy’s apartment.
She also said that McCoy tested positive for gunshot residue, WHNT reported.
Agent Hayes said that McCoy told her that he had seen Spraggins as a threat because he was supposed to be marrying Abigail in April.
McCoy was arrested and charged with capital murder, WAFF reported.
He has been held without bond.
Madison County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim Gann said prosecutors would be filing two new capital charges against McCoy in the near future, WHNT reported.
Gann also said the district attorney’s office planned to seek the death penalty for McCoy.