Forensic report reveals nature of DNA evidence found on J.B. Beasley’s body

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two reports from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences related to the deaths of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley were made available to the public Sunday.

The reports suggest Coley McCraney, in his mid-20s at the time, had sexual contact with J.B., as evidenced by partial matches between McCraney and DNA found on her clothing.

The first report, filed on Feb. 22, revealed that a mixture of DNA evidence from two people was found in vaginal swabs taken from J.B‘s body back on Aug. 3, 1999. In this report, the Department of Forensic Sciences established that at least one of these samples came from a male.

“Coley Lewis McCraney and J.B.H. Beasley are included as potential contributors to this mixture, the report states. “The probability of including a random, unrelated individual as a potential contributor to this mixture is approximately 1 of 14.0 million Caucasian individuals, and 1 of 48.6 million African-American individuals.

The second report — filed 11 days before McCraney was charged by Ozark Police in the cold case — goes into further detail, pointing out that there were multiple matches between the DNA found in J.B‘s clothing and the profile McCraney submitted back on Jan. 24.

According to the department’s interpretations, McCraney’s DNA matches stains found on a sweater found as evidence and partial DNA in sperm fractions found in the stains on J.B.’s underwear.

Figures included in the report also appear to suggest that the genetic combination found in the samples would be more likely to be found in an unrelated black individual, showing lower odds for a duplicate match being found in a white person’s DNA profile.

The department said with “a high degree of confidence” that McCraney is a source of the DNA found on J.B‘s body.

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