The attorney representing a Huntsville Police Officer that has been accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend has withdrawn from the case, after he reportedly requested a local television station cover his movie premiere in exchange for an interview.
Richard Jensen reportedly made a motion on Wednesday to withdraw from the case which would have had him defending Officer David Michael McCoy, 28, in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend – Courtney Spraggins of Trion, Georgia.
Jensen moved to withdraw, citing a belief that his remaining on the case “will further inflame the already outrageously unfair media coverage.” His motion was quickly granted by District Judge Alison Austin.
Jensen wrote, directed and also starred in “No Man’s Law,” a film about an ex-border patrol agent who rescues a migrant girl, according to the movie’s trailer. Reportedly – when WAAY TV called Jensen for an interview about the case involving McCoy, the station claimed the attorney declined to talk unless he received coverage for the premiere of “No Man’s Law.” The station claimed that Jensen’s filing of the motion requesting a gag order, preventing media coverage of the case in question – had been submitted only after Jensen was told that his movie’s premiere would not be covered by the TV station. The motion filed by Jensen and another attorney for McCoy, claimed that the media “has a terrible record of printing matters inaccurately, thus inflaming” potential jurors.
McCoy is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond. He stands charged with capital murder in the slaying of Spraggins, who was shot to death at about 11:00am Friday while in her vehicle at the Weston Ranch Apartment Complex in Huntsville. McCoy was off-duty at the time the shooting occurred; Spraggins, who had met McCoy on an on-line dating site, was seven months pregnant with their daughter.
A hearing is set for the motion on January 18th – and a preliminary hearing being set for January 28th.