McCraney's attorney not suprised by indictments but predicts different outcome at trial

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Ozark (WTVY)-- The attorney for a man charged in the cold case murders of two Dothan teens said he expected indictments in that case.

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

A Dale Grand grand jury issued those indictments against Coley McCraney, finding there is sufficient evidence to take him to trial.

“It's one sided,” said attorney David Harrison of grand jury testimony, pointing out that the defense had no opportunity to present evidence.

There are 18 members on Alabama grand juries and 12 must decide there is sufficient evidence to move the case forward to trial.

“We have a defense and we look forward to presenting it (at trial),” Harrison told WTVY. He wouldn't elaborate on strategy but believes McCraney will be found not guilty.

However, based previous hearings, it appears he and co-counsel Andrew Scarborough will attempt to show others had both motive and opportunity to shoot 17-year old Northview high school students J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett in 1999. Police found their bodies in the trunk of Ms. Beasley's car.

Investigators arrested McCraney in March of this year, claiming DNA evidence placed him with one of those girls, Ms. Beasley. The grand jury also indicted him for raping her.

There has been no trial date set but Harrison said he is considering asking for a speedy trial that, conceivably, could get the case before a jury in the next few months.

He has also not decided whether to request moving the trial from Ozark because of excessive and potentially prejudicial publicity.

Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams declined comment because prosecutors are restricted about what they can say publicly about indictments.

In those court court hearings, he pointed out the DNA match and that McCraney possessed a pistol of the caliber that killed the girls.

He also presented documents that showed McCraney lived in the Ozark neighborhood where police found their bodies but moved away about two weeks later.

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