Former Dothan Police Chief talks about break in Ozark cold case

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 12:46 AM CDT
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Dothan Attorney and former Dothan Police Chief John White sat down with WTVY's Devon Sellers and Ken Curtis during Sunday night's newscast.

White assisted the Ozark Police Department in the investigation of the 1999 murders of two Northview High School students, J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett.

White had a close relationship with Hawlett's family.

He says he's received questions about this case at least once a month for the past twenty years.

In his two-part interview, White talks about what makes the DNA technology used in this case different than those in the past, challenges the prosecution could face, and if DNA is enough to convict Coley McCraney.

Ozark police charged McCraney Saturday night with 5 counts of capital murder and rape.