DALE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — After deliberating for almost four hours, the jury charged with deciding the fate of Coley McCraney was sent home.
McCraney is on trial for the 1999 summer murders of JB Beasley and Tracie Hawlett. He was also accused of raping Beasley. The teens were found shot to death on August 1, 1999, in the trunk of Beasley’s Mazda 929 on Herring Avenue in Ozark. The case went cold for two decades until DNA evidence found on Beasley allegedly matched to McCraney and he was arrested on March 15, 2019.
Closing arguments ended at around 11:00 a.m. and the jury went back to deliberate.
Judge Filmore released the jury at 4:07 p.m. and the court will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.
The jury is expected to bring back a verdict sometime tomorrow.
Stay with WDHN as we follow one of the most significant murder trials in Wiregrass history.