7/28/20


A man was arrested Tuesday morning in connection to a fatal shooting in Elkmont, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said.
Samuel Hoback, 21, has been charged with murder, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hoback was taken into custody around 10 a.m. when a deputy spotted him on Robinson Hollow Road.
Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Hoback was wanted for questioning after he was seen multiple times driving around the home where the shooting happened.
During a press conference Tuesday, Blakely identified the victim as 51-year-old Melanie Payne of Prospect.
Blakely said Payne died from a gunshot wound.
According to Blakey, Payne was supposed to testify in a bond revocation hearing against Hoback Tuesday in Giles County.
Blakely said Payne was staying with friends because she was scared of Hoback after he reportedly shot at her home in Prospect and made threats against her.
The sheriff said the shooting occurred around 4 a.m. at a home on Cave Branch Road.
Hoback was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and probation revocation.
Blakely said Hoback was found with meth and a gun in his vehicle.
Investigators in Tennessee continue to interview witnesses, friends, and family, Blakely said. He added a search warrant is being executed at Hoback’s parent’s home and vehicle.
Blakey said they believe Hoback drove to his parents to change clothes and vehicles.