McCraney indicted by grand jury

Coley McCraney

A Dale County grand jury has indicted Ozark murder suspect Coley McCraney, finding enough evidence to allow for a trial.

McCraney was arrested on March 16 and is charged with five counts of capital murder and rape in the 1999 deaths of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett. He is being held at the Dale County Jail on no bond.

He was arrested after the Ozark Police Department used Parabon NanoLabs Inc., to perform DNA testing on samples taken from the murder scene in 1999.

McCraney’s case was bound over to a grand jury following a preliminary hearing on April 3 before District Judge Stan Garner Jr. A bond hearing for McCraney was held before Garner on Wednesday, May 29, who later denied his request for bond.

McCraney is represented by David Harrison and Andrew Scarborough. Thirty-third Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kirke Adams and Assistant DA David Emery are representing the state in this case.

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