A 21-year-old Giles County man has been taken into custody by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Giles County woman in Elkmont, Ala., according to the LCSD.
Samuel Quentin Hoback of Prospect is currently a suspect in the incident which took place in the 19000 block of Cave Branch Road, according to LCSD.
The shooting was reported around 4 a.m. July 28. Deputies found the body of a deceased female at the scene, which LCSD identified as 51-year-old Melonie Payne of Prospect.
Hoback, was found in proximity to the scene at around 10 a.m. that morning and arrested without incident, according to officials, who also said Hoback had in his possession a controlled substance, which the LCSD identified as methamphetamine, as well as a handgun with one spent shell and five live shells. However, the department had yet to confirm whether this was the gun used in the crime.
Hoback has also been charged with probation revocation and possession of a controlled substance in Alabama.
Hoback is currently facing a litany of charges in Giles County including first-degree attempted murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary, among others, which are all currently awaiting trial.
22nd Judicial District Attorney General Brent Cooper confirmed that the victim, Payne, was a potential witness in a bond revocation hearing for Hoback that was scheduled for July 28. In addition, the district attorney’s office added that Hoback was also a suspect in another shooting incident involving the victim.
Hoback was arrested July 7 and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal trespassing, vandalism and theft of property in Giles County. He posted bond and was released July 27 at 1:05 p.m., less than 24 hours before the victim was found deceased.
The Limestone County and Giles County sheriff’s departments are working together on the investigation.