Suspect charged with murder in Limestone County shooting

Suspect charged with murder in Limestone County shooting

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Limestone County district attorney says 21-year-old Samuel Hoback has been charged with murder.

There is no bond yet, and it may take 72 hours to schedule a bond hearing.

Hoback was arrested Tuesday morning on Robinson Hollow Road.

Hoback was taken into custody in connection with the shooting of 51-year-old Melanie Payne.

Limestone County deputies believe Hoback shot and killed Payne at her friend’s house on Cave Branch Road around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies say Hoback and Payne were neighbors. That’s the apparent extent of their relationship.

He was initially charged with possession of a controlled substance (meth) and probation revocation for a theft charge before the murder charge was finalized.

Hoback is also facing several charges in Giles County , Tennessee.

Giles County Chief Deputy Brandon Beard said Hoback was arrested on first-degree attempted murder, aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault on June 22, 2019.

He bonded out of Giles County on those charges in March 2020.

IN early July, investigators were investigating another attempted murder charge. They believe Hoback shot up Payne’s trailer. This is still under investigation.

Hoback was arrested on aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, theft of property and vandalism on July 6.

He bonded out of Giles County Jail on the second round of charges on July 27.

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