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Alabama double murder trial postponed because jury numbers are too small

Alabama police decode 1999 double homicide with DNA

1999 In the case in which two teenagers were murdered, the jury was too small at the beginning of the case.

Dale County Circuit Court Judge William H. Fillmore has stayed the trial of Cory McCraney, 48, in his one-sentence order issued Tuesday, records show.

Only 75 of 250 juror candidates showed up for the start of jury selection on Monday, but that number dwindled sharply due to mass publicity about the killing and McCraney's arrest. WTVY-TV, a CBS affiliate,reported that the judge had stopped the trial until next year because there were too few jurors for lawyers to select.

On July 31, 1999, her J.B. I got lost in Each teenager had been shot in the head in the trunk of Beasley's black Mazda on an Ozark road.

Tracie Hawlett (left) and J.B. Beasley WTVY

Case Police For decades, he went unchallenged until he hired a company to analyze crime scene DNA against an online genealogy database. McCraney, who has claimed innocence, was arrested in 2019 after authorities announced they found a match with genetic material found at the crime scene.

The case took a dramatic turn last week when a woman who claimed police involvement in the murder had lied all along.

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