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Woman defends Alabama man charged in ’99 double murder

A memorial for two Alabama teenagers killed in 1999, is located next to a road in Ozark, Ala., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Coley McCraney, 45, Of Dothan was arrested on capital murder charges in the death of Tracie Hawlett and J. B. Beasley, both 17. Their bodies were found in a trunk at the place of the monument. Both were shot in the head. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

OZARK, Ala. – The wife of an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the death of two teenagers, almost 20 years ago, says that he is innocent.

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

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

She says that the authorities for the first time began to question him about the massacre of Tracie Hawlett and J. B. Beasley a few weeks ago and he finally gave the government a DNA sample.

Officials say that genetic testing provided that the link, which resulted in Coley McCraney’s arrest last week in the two murders that haunted south Alabama for almost two decades.

Attorney David Harrison challenge is the perception that DNA testing is infallible. He says Coley McCraney still deserves a fair trial.

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