Atty. David Harrison explains what to expect from McCraney’s preliminary hearing

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DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Monday afternoon, attorney David Harrison explained what the public can expect from Coley McCraney’s upcoming preliminary hearing. 

“It’s an opportunity for the defendant to take a look at the evidence for the first time,” attorney David Harrison said. 

Not only will McCraney be able to see what evidence is against him, the presiding judge will decide if there is enough evidence to present the case to a grand jury — something Harrison said is not unusual.

“In doing this 29 years, and handling maybe 3,000 cases, I personally have never seen one (case) not be presented,” Harrison said. 

Evidence at Wednesday’s hearing can include opinion and hearsay evidence. However, that cannot be used in front of a jury. 

“People said this and people said that, in regards to the facts of this case,” Harrison said. “It’s an opportunity for me to really get to the nuts and bolts of the evidence and see which direction we need to go with the defense.”

According to Harrison, the public should get its first look at McCraney (since his arrest) as he makes his way into the Dale County Courthouse for his hearing. 

The hearing is set for two p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  

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