McCraney gag order hearing postponed

McCraney gag order hearing postponed
McCraney is charged with shooting Dothan teens J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett in 1999. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - A Friday hearing seeking a gag order in the high profile murder case against Coley McCraney will be delayed.

Dale County District Attorney, Kirke Adams, confirmed the postponement. The hearing has been rescheduled for Aug. 8.

McCraney is charged with shooting Dothan teens J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett in 1999.

Police arrested him this year after DNA evidence linked him to the cold case.

The case received national attention and locally has dominated headlines for months.

The Dale County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion last month seeking to ban those involved in the case from making public comments about it.

Prosecutors, concerned it may be difficult to seat an impartial jury, also want court records sealed and pretrial hearings closed to the public and media.

That order, if granted, would extend to attorneys and police.

Gray Television, the parent company of WSFA-TV and WTVY-TV, along with the Alabama Broadcasters Association, the Alabama Press Association, and the Dothan Eagle filed a motion to prevent that, arguing all facets of the case should remain public.

Coley McCraney is held without bond on the murder charges. He is also accused of raping Beasley.

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