Suspect charged in deadly south Huntsville shooting

Joseph Earls
Joseph Earls(Source: Huntsville Police Department)
Updated: Apr. 10, 2019 at 10:22 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police have arrested a suspect in a deadly overnight shooting.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Hillwood Drive at Chicamauga Trail for a shooting in progress. Officers found a female lying in the road. She was transported to Huntsville Hospital in critical condition. She died Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified her as Samantha Coyner.

Witnesses advised they were attempting a drug transaction, then left before completing the transaction, according to police. The offenders reportedly followed Coyner and the witnesses in a maroon Chevy Malibu to the intersection of Hillwood Drive at Chicamauga Trail. The witnesses exited the vehicle to confront the offenders.

Police say someone from inside of the Malibu started to shoot at them. Coyner attempted to drive off but was shot while in the vehicle.

The offenders left eastbound on Chicamuaga Trail and were located a short time later on Bob Wallace Avenue.

Joseph Earls was charged with capital murder.

Investigators served a search warrant at Fairview Street Wednesday afternoon in relation to this incident. That search yielded evidence in reference to the shooting.

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