Who is Coley McCraney? WDHN takes a look at murder suspect’s history

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With a new suspect in the nearly 20-year-old double murder of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley coming out of the woodwork, some are asking: Who is Coley Lewis McCraney?

Sources tell WDHN he was a 1992 graduate of Carroll High School where he served as the vice president of the school’s library club and a member of the track team.

McCraney has never been on investigators’ radar for the crime before and, by many accounts, has a very clean record, but his DNA has linked him to the Hawlett and Beasley’s deaths — a case that has eluded for the past 20 years. 

Since that time, McCraney has gotten married, has children and has lived in Dothan for almost 19 years. He currently lives at a home on the 100 block of Hedstrom Drive.

McCraney worked as a truck driver where he worked for different trucking companies.

He was also known as a man of faith — creating a ministry in 2013 known as Spirit and Truth Lifeline Ministries. 

Spirit and Truth Lifeline was listed at a home on the 2200 block of Aberdeen Road, but when News 18 spoke to the resident that lived at that home, they said they knew of no ministry that took place at there.

ABC World News said they spoke with McCraney’s mother, but she simply replied she had nothing to say on the matter.

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