Investigators detail case against man accused of killing Huntsville Police Department officer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More details emerged today in the case of a man charged with killing a Huntsville police officer and injuring another.

Juan Robert Laws, 24, is charged with capital murder in the death of Huntsville police officer Garrett Crumby. At his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, details of what investigators say happened in the deadly encounter were to be presented to Madison County District Judge Linda Coats.

Initial reports showed that at approximately 4:45 p.m. on March 28, Officer Crumby and Officer Albert Morin responded to a call for “shots fired” at Governors House apartments on Governors House Drive.

News 19 Investigative reporter Dallas Parker is in the courtroom providing updates.

Crumby and Morin were both reportedly shot by Laws. Crumby would later be pronounced dead in hospital, while Morin underwent emergency surgery but remained in critical condition. He was then released from the hospital on April 14 to recuperate at home.

Court records show an arrest warrant said there were probable grounds to believe Laws intentionally caused the death of Constable Garrett Crumby by shooting him with an AR-15, while he was on duty as an officer with the Huntsville Police Department.

Laws made his first appearance before a judge the following day.

News 19 investigative reporter Dallas Parker is in the courtroom. You can follow the updates in the live blog below.


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