McCraney ‘needs to be gone, quick,’ parents of murder victim say

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — For the past 20 years, Tracie Hawlett’s parents, Mike and Carol Roberts, have wondered who killed their daughter, and both said they thought they would never see the day someone was held accountable for their daughter’s murder. 

“When it hit the five-year mark, I began to think that maybe it wasn’t,” Carol Roberts said. “Then the ten-year mark and the 15-year mark, and honestly, I thought it never would be solved.”

“We’ve been through pure hell the last 20 years,” Mike Roberts said. “I didn’t think this day would ever come, but it did, and I want to thank everybody involved in it.”

District Attorney Kirke Adams said that Coley McCraney is eligible for the death penalty and that he has been prepared to pursue that punishment for 10 years. Mike and Carol said they hope that happens.

“He shouldn’t live 20 or 30 more years on this earth,” Mr. Roberts said. “He needs to be gone, quick. That’s the way I feel about it.”

“I sat down and read in Exodus where it says if you take a person’s life, you should have to give up your life,” Carol said. “And, I’m sorry, you know, but that’s the law, and I honestly believe that that should be what happens.”

Mike and Carol said they know they will have to relive everything that happened, but they are ready to do so if it means finally being able to put someone behind bars.

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