3 men charged with attempted murder after reportedly leaving a woman for dead over drugs


CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Three men have been arrested and charged with Attempted Murder after an incident in which they reportedly assaulted a woman who they accused of stealing their drugs, according to Matthew Wade, Calhoun County Sheriff.

Anthony Scott Coffee, David Brian Pearman, and Mathew Aaron Hammonds reportedly beat the 46-year-old victim before tying an electrical cord around her neck in the style of a noose and leaving her under Mellon Bridge Road.

The victim screamed for several hours before a passerby heard her and was able to get help.

“She knew him, it’s not a stranger-on-stranger crime,” Wade said. “But the heinous act, the violence that they did, the beating of her using a hangman’s noose to drag or try to hang her, it’s definitely someone with a lot of rage in them.”

Wade told CBS42 News that the victim was last seen by her boyfriend on Wednesday, and at some point she ended up at a home off of Coverdale Road in Anniston. The suspects then reportedly beat the woman after accusing her of stealing their drugs.

The home is reportedly an active meth lab, according to Wade.

At this time, additional charges are reportedly pending.

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