OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A man accused of killing two Northview High School girls is requesting bail, after being behind bars now for 3 years.

Coley McCraney is accused of killing Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in 1999.

He was arrested and charged with their murders in 2019, he has been behind bars ever since.

McCraney’s trial was pushed back several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August, the trial was scheduled to begin, but they were not able to seat a jury.

So the case will have to wait until 2023.

Now, McCraney is asking for a bond so he can wait for his trial from his home.

The defense called four different witnesses including his wife Jeanette and his sister.

They all said McCraney is not a danger to the community and they believe McCraney would honor the conditions of his bond agreement.

One neighbor even said that McCraney not living in the community has been detrimental and that he is the opposite of a danger to the community

In the proposed bond agreement, McCraney would be asked to wear an ankle monitor.

The defense argues that McCraney has no prior convictions and that he is not a flight risk, as he has lived in Houston and Dale County all of his life.

The state argues to keep McCraney in jail and schedule a trial date instead of granting McCraney a bond.

Now, Judge Filmore will decide if McCraney will be waiting on his murder trial from his home or from the Dale County Jail.