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Wife of minister convicted in cold-case executions of 2 teen girls finally breaks her silence

The spouse of an Alabama minister who was convicted for the 1999 homicide of two teen girls remembers how her “American dream” was unraveled following his arrest 5 years in the past.

Jeanette McCraney, a mom of two, was shaken when she realized that her husband, Coley McCraney, 50, was the important thing suspect in the cold-blooded executions of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, according to a preview for ABC’s “20/20” Friday evening episode.

“My kids are growing up in church,” she recalled about her idyllic life in early 2019.

“They’re seeing their mom and their dad do the right thing.”

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Coley McCraney’s spouse remembers how her “American dream” was unraveled following his arrest over killing 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley. AP

The dream, nevertheless, changed into a nightmare when DNA proof linked Coley, of Dothan, to the our bodies of the teen girls, who had been discovered shot in the top contained in the trunk of Beasley’s automobile.

Coley, who additionally labored as a truck driver on the time, would ultimately stand trial for raping Beasley and killing each girls.

Jeanette, who has not spoken concerning the case earlier than, instructed ABC that on the day of his arrest, she had been making an attempt to get a maintain of her husband earlier than police broke the information that he had been linked to the horrifying double homicide.

“I start calling him, no answer, a couple of hours go by and my phone rings, and he [the cop] says, is this Mr. McCraney’s wife?” Jeanette recalled in a preview obtained by the Daily Mail.

“I said, ‘Has Coley been in an accident?’ He says, ‘No.’ I was like, ‘OK, is he in trouble or something? I’m confused.’ They said, “Yeah, he’s in big trouble,’” she added.

Jeanette stated the arrest introduced her quiet, glad life to a screeching halt.

“I feel like we had everything together,” she stated.

Beasley and Hawlett went lacking on July 31, 1999, as they headed again to Dothan after getting misplaced on their technique to Beasley’s seventeenth party.

Jeanette McCraney, the wife of Coley McCraney, speaks in an interview with "20/20" Co-Anchor Deborah Roberts
“I feel like we had everything together,” Jeanette McCraney stated concerning the time earlier than her husband was convicted of killing the teen girls. ABC News

Although Hawlett known as her mother that day to say they bought instructions at a fuel cease, the households by no means heard from the girls once more, with the our bodies found the next day with gunshot wounds to the top.

“That crime scene, that trunk, those two girls is the only homicide that I ever turned around and had to walk off,” Barry Tucker, a now-retired Trooper Captain with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, instructed ABC.

“When you see the innocence and a life that’s just been snatched away, that’s hard to swallow,” he added.

While the case remained chilly for years, Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker reignited the investigation after he noticed information of the DNA testing that was used in 2018 to catch the Golden State Killer.

Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley
DNA proof linked Coley to the our bodies of Tracie Hawlett (left) and J.B. Beasley, who had been discovered shot in the top contained in the trunk of Beasley’s automobile. Patti Simpson

The new DNA testing led police to the title McCraney, with Walker recognizing the title as his former highschool classmate, Coley.

After asking Coley for a DNA pattern to assist develop the search, Walker was “blown away” to find that it was Coley’s DNA that matched the samples discovered on Beasey.

During his trial Coley claimed he met Beasley, who was allegedly utilizing a false title, at a mall in 1999 and that that they had consensual intercourse in the again of his truck.

He claims he didn’t know that the individual he had intercourse with was one of the victims in the case till after his arrest.

Last yr, a jury in the end discovered Coley responsible of capital homicide and rape.

Coley, nevertheless, maintains his innocence to at the present time as he awaits a call for his movement for a brand new trial filed to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

“They can call me a cheat, they can call me a dog. They can call me a lot of things at that time, but they cannot call me a killer,” McCraney stated in a telephone interview with ABC.

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