McCraney defense looks into police gun records from 1999

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Coley McCraney’s defense team has filed more motions for evidence this week, this time dealing with police officers.

Attorneys David Harrison and Andrew Scarborough filed a motion Thursday requesting the names of each Ozark police officer who “owned or were issued an in-service 9mm or .380 pistol” in 1999 as well as all the ballistic reports on the weapons.

The attorneys have also asked for information on any firearms that went missing in 1999 after the girls were found dead in the trunk of a car.

During the preliminary court proceedings, it was mentioned that a .9mm gun was the weapon that was used to kill teenagers Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley. The state brought forth evidence from a previous military charge against McCraney and said he owned a Hi-Point pistol with the same caliber back in 1994.

Harrison has also requested any and all material related to interviews Ozark police may have conducted with former reserve officer Rena Crumb concerning the case. Crumb previously said that an officer killed the girls and that officials helped cover it up.

This led to a defamation suit against Crumb and Jon Carrol of the Henry County Report, who published Crumb’s statements. It was eventually dismissed in 2018 due to Carroll’s bankruptcy.

In 2016, Crumb was convicted for harassing Jacqui Burgoon, J.B.’s sister. Court records state she sent “threatening text messages” to Burgoon after being told to stop.

She was sentenced to 24 months of probation.

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