Post by Graveyardbride on Nov 1, 2019 16:18:10 GMT -5
Trial Set in 1999 Murder of Dothan Teenagers
The trial of Coley McCraney for the 1999 murders of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett has been set for February 3, 2020. McCraney faces three capital murder charges for Beasley’s murder and two for Hawlett’s. The charges stem from DNA test results performed by Parabon Labs in Virginia, which matched McCraney’s DNA to evidence collected from the crime scene. Results were also confirmed by the Alabama state lab.
In an unrelated case, Judge Fred Steagall ordered McCraney to submit DNA in a paternity action filed by a woman who claims he is the father of her child born in September 1998. According to the paternity petition, during the summer of 1999, McCraney lived on Lisenby Drive in Ozark, a 1.08-mile straight walk from the location where the bodies of the two teenagers were found in the trunk of the car near the intersection of Herring Avenue and James Street. Both girls had been shot with a 9mm handgun.
If convicted, McCraney faces either life in prison without parole or the death penalty and Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams has indicated he will seek death.
Defense attorneys Andrew Scarborough and David Harrison still insist their client is innocent.
Source: Michelle W. Forehand, The Dothan Eagle, October 4 and 7, 2019.