Trial pushed back for man charged in cold case murders

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) —  Its been nearly 11 months since Coley McCraney was arrested and charged in the 20-year -old murder of Tracie Hewlett and J.B. Beasley.

McCraney’s trial was set for February 2nd but has been delayed once again.

“On March 15th, 2019, investigators located and arrested 45-year-old black male Coley McCraney,” Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said.

Four days later, WDHN spoke with attorney David Harrison about the murder accusation made against McCraney.

On April 4th, 2019, McCraney appeared in court for his preliminary. McCraney was held for 25 hours and Ozark police were not able to get a confession from McCraney that he was involved.

“Did you hear the evidence? I wasn’t impressed at all. You heard the quality of the testimony and if you sat through it you probably know what I’m talking about,” Harrison said.

A little over two months, the Dale County grand jury indicted McCraney on all five counts. At that time, the formal arraignment was supposed to take place on on August 8th.

On Aug. 8, McCraney pleaded not guilty to Beasley-Hawlett murders.

“I’m not guilty,” McCraney said.

On October 7th, McCraney’s trial was officially set for Feb. 2, 2020. However, the new date is set for May 4, 2020.

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