McCraney enters not guilty plea

Coley McCraney

Murder suspect Coley McCraney pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing held Thursday, Aug. 8, before Circuit Judge William Filmore at the Dale County Courthouse.

No trial date was set during the arraignment, but Filmore asked McCraney’s defense attorneys David Harrison and Andrew Scarborough and Thirty-third Judicial Circuit District Attorney Kirke Adams and Assistant DA David Emery to come together to find a potential date.

McCraney was arrested on March 16 and has been held at the Dale County Jail on no bond since his arrest. He was charged with five counts of capital murder and rape for the 1999 deaths of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett.

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