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Decatur man faces murder charge in Town Creek slaying

By Clyde L. Stancil
DAILY Staff Writer

cstancil@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — A Decatur man, who has been unable to post a $20,000 bond since his arrest in late April, faces a higher bond after Lawrence County authorities charged him with the shooting death of a Town Creek man.

No bond has been set for Ivan Quintel Metcalf, whom Lawrence County sheriff's investigators charged Thursday in the murder of Michael Lynn McCoy.

Sheriff Bryan Hill said Thursday investigators initially thought other people were involved in the slaying, and they now are almost certain.

"A lot of information was dead ends, and now we're looking at it differently," he said.

Instead of trying to determine if others were involved, Hill said, his investigators are now trying to determine how many people were involved, who they are and whether robbery was their motive.

Hill said he thinks Metcalf's motive was
robbery and that illegal drugs were involved. Metcalf, 23, of 412 Fifth Street S.W., was charged with second-degree robbery in 2001.

Authorities charged McCoy, who was 24, with possession of a controlled substance in 2000.

Hill does not know whether Metcalf and McCoy knew each other.

"If we can prove that (the motive) was robbery, we could charge Metcalf with capital murder," Hill said.

He said Metcalf is not cooperating with investigators, who include Decatur police, agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and lab workers with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Metcalf became a suspect immediately after the April 20 shooting in Red Bank, near Town Creek, at about 2:43 a.m.

McCoy was shot at his residence at 566 Lawrence County 407, went to a neighbor's home, knocked on the door and died just inside the door. Sheriff's deputies arrived minutes later and fanned out looking for clues. They found a truck about one-quarter mile from the scene.

"The truck was not there around 9:30 p.m.," Hill said, recounting what witnesses told investigators. "But after the incident, it was there."

The truck bore a Madison County license plate, and someone had reported it stolen from Decatur.

Witnesses told Hill's investigators that they talked to Metcalf while he was in the truck, near the murder scene, earlier that day.

"We think he abandoned the truck after he shot McCoy," Hill said.

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