Prosecutor to seek death penalty in twenty year old murder case

Mar 19, 2019

     A prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man charged in the slayings of two Alabama teenagers nearly 20 years ago. District Attorney Kirke Adams says 45-year-old Coley McCraney can be prosecuted for capital murder in the killings of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley. Adams told a news conference Monday that one of the multiple capital counts against the man includes a charge that one of the victims was sexually assaulted during her slaying in 1999. Authorities say they used DNA matching to confirm that evidence from the killings was tied to McCraney. The prosecutor says he decided years ago to pursue the slayings as a death-penalty case. McCraney was arrested Saturday. A defense lawyer says the man is cooperating with authorities.