OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Certain evidence that introduces additional suspects cannot be used in the case of the 1999 killings of two Northview high schoolers.
In a decision made on Friday afternoon, Judge William Filmore decided certain evidence introduced by the murder suspect Coley McCraney’s defense cannot be used. This evidence was from a woman who said she overheard Ozark police officers say they killed murder victims JB Beasley and Tracie Hawlett. The witness recanted her testimony on Thursday saying that she had lied.
Judge Filmore also stated that the testimony of would-be witnesses who may have stated that they saw an Ozark police vehicle near the scene where the bodies were found is not useable in court.
“The evidence offered as relevant to another’s guilt must be inconsistent with the guilt of the accused.” Filmore wrote in his order. “In the face of the DNA evidence against (McCraney), the Court does not find that the evidence presented by the defense would exonerate the Defendant.”
Jury selection is scheduled for Monday, August 8th.
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