Thursday, August 8th:
*Arraignment & Motions Hearing (@ 9am ET) – AL – J.B. Hilton Green Beasley (17) & Tracie Jean Hawlett (17) (July 31, 1999, Ozark) - *Coley Lewis McCraney (45/25 @ time of crime) arrested & charged (3/16/19) & indicted (6/10/19) with 2 counts of 1st degree murder, 2 counts of 1st degree murder while in the act of murdering two or more persons & 1 count of 1st degree rape (Beasley). Plead not guilty. Held without bond. DA will seek DP.
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4/3/19 Update: Dale County judge has found probable cause to bound the murder case against McCraney to a grand jury on 6/6.
5/7/19 Update: Bond hearing on 5/22, but DA will be out of town. Rescheduled for 5/29.
5/29/19 Update: Judge delays bond hearing. Judge denies bond. Next Grand Jury hearing on 6/6. Judge denies motion to strike military records.
6/6/19 Update: A Dale County grand jury has indicted McCraney on all 5 counts. Arraignment hearing set for 8/8.
6/17/19 Update: Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to block the media & public from attending pretrial hearings in the high-profile case of a man charged in the cold case killings of two teenagers. Saying they are concerned about publicity tainting the jury pool, prosecutors asked a judge to take the unusual step of closing all pretrial proceedings & sealing all case documents from public view until a jury is seated. Defense lawyers are objecting to the request, saying they consider it unconstitutional. Defense lawyers also objected to barring the news media & public from pretrial proceedings, saying that public trials are one of the "safeguards to the due process guaranteed to every citizen." Circuit Judge William Filmore has set a June 27 hearing on the prosecution's request.
6/20/19 Update: WSFA 12 News is joining a number of other media organizations in filing a motion that objects to attempts to limit the public’s access, and thus media access, to a south Alabama double-murder suspect’s pretrial proceedings. Each media outlet involved in the filing has requested to be heard on the motion to control pretrial publicity at a hearing already set for July 12 at 9 a.m. in Ozark.
7/11/19: Gag Order hearing on 7/12 has been postponed until 8/8 with arraignment hearing. 7/26/19: Gag order imposed.