Wife defends Alabama man charged in ’99 double killing

Accused double murder suspect Coley McCraney's wife says he's innocent

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The wife of an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the slaying of two teenagers nearly 20 years ago says he's innocent.

Jeanette McCraney defended her husband, 45-year-old Coley McCraney, during a news conference Wednesday in Ozark.

Jeanette McCraney says her husband is a truck driver and minister who puts other people first.

She says authorities first began asking him about the slayings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley a few weeks ago and he eventually gave authorities a DNA sample.

Officials say genetic testing provided the link that resulted in Coley McCraney's arrest last week in two killings that haunted southeast Alabama for almost two decades.

Defense attorney David Harrison is challenging the perception that DNA testing is infallible. He says Coley McCraney still deserves a fair trial.