Death row inmate placed with Coley McCraney; attorney moves to separate

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — One of murder suspect Coley McCraney’s attorneys filed a motion Friday to separate him and his new cellmate, death row inmate Emanuel Gissendanner.

According to the motion, law enforcement took Gissendanner, convicted for the 2001 murder of 77-year-old Margaret Snellgrove in Dale County, back to Ozark Thursday to await his new trial as ordered by the Alabama Supreme Court.

But before he was taken to the county jail, Harrison’s motion states Gissendanner was taken to the Ozark Police Department and was asked for information on McCraney.

The motion states that the officer doing the questioning was not related to Gissendanner’s case in any way. The officer reportedly told Gissendanner that they needed any information he could get on McCraney.

“Inmate Gissendanner was then transported to the Dale County Jail and placed in a cell with Inmate Coley McCraney in attempt to obtain knowledge and/or a confession,” the motion says.

Harrison said he learned of the situation after Gissendannber told McCraney about his meeting with the police, prompting McCraney to inform his attorneys.

For this reason, Harrison has motioned to separate the two inmates.

“Inmate Gissendanner has been sentenced to death and has the ultimate reason to assist law enforcement, and in the interest of justice the two inmates should be separated,” he wrote.

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