Trial for Beasley-Hawlett case pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19

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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The trial for double murder suspect Coley McCraney will now be set for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McCraney is accused in the 1999 slayings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley after police say DNA linked him to J.B.’s body. This evidence also resulted in McCraney being charged with the rape of J.B. Beasley shortly before his

McCraney’s counsel requested that the trial, previously set for Nov. 16, 2020, would be pushed to a later date to give them more time to re-examine evidence and interview witnesses. The COVID-19 pandemic was listed as a contributing factor.

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