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City of Huntsville: No similarity between Darby and McCoy murder cases

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Since the arrest of Huntsville Police Officer David McCoy, our press team has been in contact with the City of Huntsville and the police department.

On Friday, News 19 investigative reporter Dallas Parker asked the city to comment on the city’s response to the two murder cases.

A city spokesperson said there was no similarity between the McCoy case and the Darby case. However, there are some clear differences here. Darby was charged with the shooting death of a man who called police at his home because he said he was suicidal. McCoy is accused of killing a woman he knew while off duty. The victim’s family confirmed to News 19 that McCoy and the victim, Courtney Spraggins, were in a relationship.

News 19 spoke with former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay Town, about the difference in the city’s actions in these cases.

“I believe the way they handled the McCoy case is exactly the way they should have responded to these charges,” he said. “When Darby was first indicted, remember his indictment was originally a grand jury indictment. This meant that there were probable grounds to suggest that he had committed a crime. The same thing happened with McCoy hours after the event itself last week.

Darby remained an employee of the Huntsville Police Department, even after being convicted of murder. McCoy was fired from the department just three days after his alleged involvement in the shooting.

City and police officials defended Darby’s conduct, and the city council agreed to pay up to $125,000 for his defense. McCoy has a court-appointed attorney and is in jail without bond.

McCoy is due in court for a preliminary hearing on January 28. Darby’s appeal against his murder conviction must be filed by January 18.


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