Lawrence County Sheriff charges man with two counts of capital murder

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. - A man is in custody after killing two people at two different scenes

L to R: Micah White, Hubert White

L to R: Micah White, Hubert White

Friday night, a Lawrence County deputy tells us.

Micah White and Hubert White were killed in the shootings, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said. They were father and son. Micah White is Coburn's former son-in-law.

Investigators said Coburn used his vehicle to block Micah White's truck from leaving the parking lot of New Antioch Church on County Road 217. He then jumped out of his vehicle and fatally shot White, sitting in the driver's sear, through the window, officials said. Coburn then fled the scene, traveling about a mile up the road to Hubert White's residence where he shot and killed him, according to Sheriff Mitchell.

Deputies located Coburn near East Lawrence High School shortly after the shootings. Investigators say Coburn pointed a gun at the responding officer but the standoff was brief. Mitchell said Earl Coburn was taken into custody as a suspect in the double shooting.

Earl Coburn (Photo Courtesy of Lawrence County Jail)

Earl Coburn
(Photo Courtesy of Lawrence County Jail)

The Sheriff said Coburn told the deputy he killed Micah, then, knowing the magnitude of his actions, decided to kill Hubert as well.

Sheriff tells WHNT News 19 the motive seems to relate to custody over Micah White's daughter.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell early Saturday morning, Earl Coburn  has been charged with two counts of Capital Murder.

He faces prosecution for two counts of capital murder, one count of Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle, one count Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling and two counts of Menacing.

Family members tell WHNT News 19 Micah and Hubert's funeral will be a double service at Mt. View Baptist Church on County Road 434 in Trinity. The viewing will begin at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 1 p.m.