Coley McCraney appears in court for his preliminary


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) – After an hour and a half of prosecution and defense lawyers arguments, Coley Lewis McCraney will now go before a grand jury.

The Ozark courtroom was filled with family and friends of the victims’  JB Beasley and Tracie Hawlett and McCraney had his supporters there as well.
Defense lawyer David Harrison argued three main points in the courtroom. He discredits D-N-A evidence that indicates his client raped one of the victims’, he questioned the treatment of McCraney while being interrogated by police and their credibility.
Harrison said that the DNA semen found on one of the victims is not conclusive evidence pointing to his client.
McCraney was held in interrogation for 25 hours according to Harrison and not given access to a lawyer but prosecutors say he didn’t exactly ask for an attorney.
After being held for 25 hours, Ozark police were unable to get a confession from McCraney that he was involved in the murder.
Harrison questioned the Ozark police credibility in this case and others asking lead investigator Michael Byran how many cases he has solved during his tenure which he was unable to answer.
WDHN spoke with David Harrison after Wednesday hearing and he said he feels really good about this case.
“Did you hear the evidence?  I wasn’t impressed at all,” Harrison said. “You heard the quality of the testimony and if you sat through it you probably know what I’m talking about.”
“I was expecting maybe a bombshell piece of evidence and it didn’t happen,” Harrison said.
The trial is expected to move toward a grand jury in June.

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