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Suspect arrested, charged in Wednesday morning Huntsville murder

Huntsville Police said the shooting happened around midnight in South Huntsville.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 4:32 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 3:27 PM

Huntsville police have charged a man with capital murder after a Wednesday morning shooting victim died.

Joseph Earls, 18, is charged with capital murder in the death of Samantha Coyner, 19.

Joseph Earls

Police say officers were dispatched to the area of Hillwood Drive at Chicamauga Trail for a shooting in progress about midnight Wednesday. Officers found Coyner laying in the road. She was transported to Huntsville Hospital and died Wednesday afternoon.

Police said witnesses advised they were attempting a drug transaction. They then left before completing the transaction. The offenders followed Coyner and the witnesses in a maroon Chevy Malibu to the intersection of Hillwood and Chicamauga Trail, police said.

Someone from inside the Malibu started to shoot, police said. Coyner attempted to drive off but was shot while in the vehicle, according to police

The offenders left eastbound on Chicamauga Trail and were located a short time later by west Precinct officers on Bob Wallace Avenue. The offenders were detained for investigators.

Investigators then served a search warrant at Fairview Street Wednesday afternoon and found evidence related to the shooting, police said.

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