Suspected coed killer McCraney in court on Thursday
His attorneys will argue a flurry of recently filed motions they hope a judge will approve. One concern is evidence that McCraney will be allowed to present during the penalty phase of his trial if he is convicted of killing two Dothan teens.
OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -Suspected killer Coley McCraney could make his final court appearance Thursday before his much-anticipated trial on charges he murdered two Dothan teens.
His attorneys will argue a flurry of recently filed motions they hope a judge will approve.
One of their concerns is what evidence they will be allowed to present during the penalty phase of his trial if McCraney is convicted.
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Another would require a unanimous jury vote to impose the death penalty instead of the 10-2 margin required under current Alabama law. That motion cites a Florida case that changed that state’s sentencing scheme and went through appeal courts.
Ozark police discovered the bodies of high school students J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett in the trunk of their car on August 1, 1999.
The 17-year-olds died from gunshot wounds, and police say Ms. Beasley had been raped.
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But not until 20 years later did DNA evidence implicate McCraney, who has no prior criminal charges.
His trial is scheduled for April 17 in Ozark with Dale County Circuit Judge William Filmore presiding.
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