Attorneys seek interviews with woman who claims police officer is killer

Coley McCraney arrives at court. Ozark, AL on April 3, 2019. (Source: WTVY)

Dothan (WTVY)-- Attorneys for accused murderer Coley McCraney want access to interviews conducted with a former Ozark reserve police officer.
That officer claims someone other than McCraney killed two teens girls.

Four years ago, auxiliary officer Rena Crumb provided information to a blogger, who published unsubstantiated articles, implicating a law enforcement officer in the 1999 shootings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, both 17.

That blogger, Jon Carroll, also implicated other officers with accusations of cover ups and wrongful involvement in the murder cases.

Those officers vehemently deny the claims. Several of them filed a defamation lawsuit against Carroll but dropped that suit last year after Carroll filed for bankruptcy.

Police arrested McCraney in March of this year after a DNA match. He awaits trial.

Defense attorneys Andrew Scarborough and David Harrison believe that Rena Crumb may have revealed information to police that could be valuable to McCraney's defense. However, in a motion filed with the court, they seem to have no firsthand knowledge those interviews ever took place.

McCraney will likely go on trial in 2020 for teens murdersand the rape of Ms. Beasley. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

An October 7 hearing on the request has been set in Dale County Circuit Court.

(This article updated at 11:40 a.m. to reflect hearing date set.)