Wife defends Alabama man charged in '99 double killing

Wife defends Alabama man charged in '99 double killing
A memorial to two Alabama teenagers killed in 1999 stands beside a road at Ozark, Ala., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan was arrested on capital murder charges in the deaths of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, both 17. Their bodies were found in a car trunk at the spot of the memorial. Both had been shot in the head. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The wife of an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the slaying of two teenagers nearly 20 years ago says he’s innocent.

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

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

She says authorities first began asking him about the slayings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley a few weeks ago and he eventually gave authorities a DNA sample.

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

Defense attorney David Harrison is challenging the perception that DNA testing is infallible. He says Coley McCraney still deserves a fair trial.