A week later, her body was found in the Choctawhatchee River, a few miles from her home in Ozark, Alabama. I was never worried, never, because I was innocent. More recently, McCraney was listed on the Facebook page of H.O.G. Ozark might have been the county seat, but it didn't take off until Fort Rucker was established in 1941. McCraney then failed to appear for the DNA test and failed to appear in response to a second DNA test ordered months later, according to the Eagle. They had both been shot once in the head. Maureen Maher: You didn't tell anybody that she wasn't coming back? Kirke Adams: But it doesn't mean anything at that time because on the statement Dawn's name was Dawn Hulbert. When Carolyn was about 21, she says Carl did reach out and they met, but did not talk about Tracey. Carl Harris's trial was put on hold. Dawn, who had moved away from Ozark and was now divorced, says she didn't even know there was an arrest for the murder of her friend Tracey, until that call. 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. January 23, 2021 CBS's '48 Hours: The 30-Year Secret - The Tracey Harris Murder,' as the title suggests, is an episode that examines how the brutal 1990 slaying of Tracey Harris, an Ozark, Alabama, native, was solved three decades after it transpired when a witness revealed a secret that baffled the local community to its core. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org FACEBOOK: Dale County Revenue Commissioner. A financial advisor drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder money to appease a drug boss. Dawn Beasley: Maybe I do it on my deathbed. You guys don't want me to testify.". A judge pushed back the trial of Coley McCraney until 20-21 due to COVID-19 . But a few months before the anniversary, police sent evidence from the crime scene to Parabon. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Richard Barber, Ken Blum and Michelle Harris are the editors. For Carl Harris, his relief is mixed with anger. Alabama state records show McCraney incorporated Spirit and Truth Lifeline Ministries, a nonprofit religious ministry, in 2013. Kirke Adams: Carl had let the police in his house a couple of times for them to look around. They had planned to attend a party near Headland on the night of July 31 but got lost and were last heard from when Hawlett called her mother from Ozark to let her know they were on their way home. On August 19th, 2021, Carl Harris filed his lawsuit against the City of Ozark. She could have come up here and -- she could have lied on the stand. Dawn Beasley: I cannot imagine that she was cheating, with Jeff or anyone else. Police say Carl then picked up a friend, reportedly at 9:30 p.m. Making all those stops, Carl would have traveled about 20 miles. Dart. In 2019, as the 20th anniversary of the murders approached, the Ozark Police Department decided to re-open the case and try a new approach to solve it. Tracey Harris's murder more than 30 years ago has left many wondering what might have been -- especially Carolyn. He faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. She said in 2007 that her daughter and J.B. wound up in Ozark after getting lost driving to the party, WDHN-TV reported. Beasley, 54, faces a charge of murder. TAG: 334-774-8427 PROPERTY: 334-774-2226. The man, Coley McCraney, was charged with capital murder in March of this year for the killings of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett and is facing the death penalty. Was that a concern for you as you were preparing a defense? The husband said, "well, looks like that boy done finally killed that girl.". 1 suspect had not changed. You go to sleep crying. Carl Harris heard the news that he was a free man from his attorney. Dawn Beasley: They're going to ask him some questions. Legal Statement. Subscribe to our News 4 newsletter and receive the latest local news and weather straight to your email every morning. An Alabama title application and bill of sale are required to use this link. It is not known if he has hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf. (The case will be featured on 48 hours, a CBS news program, Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 9 pm Central time. INVESTIGATOR: Did Carl at any time tell you that you didn't have to worry about Tracey showing up again to the house? The violent crime rate in Ozark is 1,030.8 per 100,000 people. Maureen Maher: You just pulled a dark curtain over and that was it? McCraney was arrested March 16 and booked into jail about 6:30 p.m. McCraney is expected to appear in court on Monday. Kirke Adams: You could just see so many emotions going through her she'd been told all her life, "your dad did this" But to find out he didn't do it, you could tell not only was she relieved but you could tell she was so grateful that somebody had solved this case. The 2018 Ozark crime rate fell by 16% compared to 2017. Maureen Maher: Did you ever consider filing charges against Dawn? The capital murder trial of a trucker charged with killing two Alabama teens in 1999 has been delayed until next year. Dale County Jail/Ozark Police In a recent Minnesota case, police waited for the suspect to throw away a napkin after eating a hot dog at a youth hockey game. McCraney was eventually ordered to pay $243 in back child support and $50 per month after that to catch up. It was there she first saw Tracey with Carl. ", The Choctawhatchee River was several miles away from Tracey Harris' house. Kirke Adams [standing on the bridge]: This location is approximately 7 miles from where Carl and Tracey Harris lived, it's very quiet, very rural. Genetic genealogy allows law enforcement agencies to identify a potential suspect through his or her family members who voluntarily submit their DNA to a genealogy database, allowing investigators to create a larger family tree than in years past. Te compartimos la lista completa de todos los ganadores de este ao. Other winners at the Producers Guild of America awards ceremony Saturday night include Navalny, Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, The Bear and The White Lotus. Dawn Beasley [crying]: I should have been sorry for Carolyn and I was sorry for me. Pike Road head football coach resigns after 1 season, Alabama, 4 other states prevail in suit to block Equal Rights Amendment certification, Youth mental health is a growing concern in Alabama. It didn't even say Beasley. On Aug. 1, 1999, Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley were found dead in the back of Beasley's car with gunshot wounds to the head. McCraney does not appear to have a criminal record in Alabama that would have required him to submit his DNA into a national database. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Meanwhile, the prosecutors, on the Friday before the start of the trial, were also processing what Dawn had just told them. Kirke Adams: He also made comments prior to her going missing and after including come back whenever. It is not clear what happened with the ministry. The upcoming 20th anniversary, along with the April 2018 arrest of Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, prompted the police department to send evidence from the crime scene to Parabon Labs, a Reston, Virginia, company that provides DNA phenotype services, Walker said. The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Kirke Adams: Every witness we spoke with, she could not swim. Dale County Sheriff's Office Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker told reporters that authorities apprehended McCraney after entering DNA evidence from the crime scene into a genealogy database. "I think from the very get-go, there was only one suspect in this case " said Davis. Investigators also tracked down that girlfriend of Carl's, who was 17 when Tracey was murdered. Carl Harris was out on bail, having spent two-and-a-half weeks in jail after his arrest. Carl Harris: I thought it was good news I thought they found somebody they were looking at And when they told me they was looking at me as a suspect again they came up two weeks later, arresting me. Selina Dodson: Tracey and Carl started dating when we were probably 16, 17 years old. (Dale County Jail). It was done? Among those who police went back and interviewed -- an acquaintance of Tracey and Carl's, and Tracey's aunt: WOMAN: He said, "the police are so dumb, I can kill somebody and get away with it.". Sign up for our newsletter to keep reading. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Carl Harris (left) is suing Ozark, Alabama, for $6million after he was wrongfully accused of killing his ex-wife . didn't have a problem with each other or nothing like that. For people to come out and care this much, its a miracle. Administrative Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm I cant do it alone., READ NEXT: Man Whose First Wife Died Mysteriously Is Wanted in the Murder of His Second Wife, Coley McCraney: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Copyright 2023 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. An Alabama preacher has been arrested for the 1999 cold case murders of two 17-year-old girls thanks to DNA testing, officials said Monday. In Ozark, Alabama you have a 1 in 98 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. We had a fight. Although she recalled little about her time with Carl, she did remember learning Tracey was dead . Cold beer, wine & mixed drinks. Cheryl Burgoon, Beasleys mother, told the newspaper at the vigil, Once you lose a child, it takes you to places you could never expect. Jordan Davis: And so, they went back through all the witnesses that had given statements in 1990. Circuit Judge William H. Filmore issued the order to continue the case Tuesday afternoon, citing the lack of jurors to strike a jury from. The number of homicides stood at 1 - a decrease of 2 compared to 2017. Several years after Tracey's murder, Carl Harris had left Ozark, feeling like the cloud of suspicion had destroyed his life. An arrest has been made of 54-year-old Jeff Beasley of Ozark with the murder of Tracey Harris. Dawn Beasley: I had an impossible choice to make And I really struggled Tracey deserves justice. Dawn Beasley: They asked me we need you to testify. The area around the river was a place Tracey and her friends would get together. Jordan Davis: He did have a 17-year-old girlfriend at the time who several people said he had had conversations with about marrying her, but that she couldn't -- he couldn't leave Tracey because he'd have to pay child support. We finally did it. Her grandmother provided a loving a home and, Carolyn says, that was more than enough. The Ozark time zone is Central Daylight Time which is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found shot to death Aug. 1, 1999, in the trunk of Beasleys car on Herring Avenue in Ozark. I was happy that I was standing my ground and I was telling the truth the whole time and they finally caught the boy who did it. Her death was ruled a homicide. Jordan Davis: I was actually 3 when this happened, so from 1990 -- and we're trying to track down witnesses We were dealing with people that had moved all over the country. She dreaded what she had to do -- tell her adult children that their father killed someone, and that she kept it quiet for 30 years. Less than a week before it was set to begin, the trial for the suspect in the 1999 killings of two Dothan teenagers has been continued due to the lack of available jurors. 0. Most of all, he claims, Harris lost a relationship with his daughter who authorities took from his custody immediately after Tracey Harris funeral. McCraney remains in custody without bail at the Dale County Jail. We have a little bit of everything. Then what happens to me? And I signed it. Please continue to pay online and use the mail service when possible. OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -A man wrongfully charged in the cold case murder of his estranged wife has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Ozark. I talked to Tracey. Putting the case together was an arduous process -- one filled with continuances and delays. They have a lot of political pressure to charge somebody the environment of Ozark, Alabama was we need to do something. He died Wednesday. Carole Roberts, Hawletts mother, told the news site the girls had stopped at a convenience store in Ozark and could not understand the directions home. They found the name "Beasley" spray-painted in big letters. "She was a very sweet friend a very shy person," said friend Selina Dodson. It took Jordan several calls to wrong phone numbers to find Dawn Beasley. They also wanted Jeff to explain those bruises the autopsy noted on Tracey's neck -- marks authorities felt were consistent with strangulation. The last few weeks have seen a number of pre-trial motions and hearings in case, including one hearing where witness Rena Crumb, 53, admitted she lied about police involvement and police wrongdoing in the killings. Carolyn Aznavour: I was four years old when my mom was murdered I was 4 or 5, I would cry nonstop if I would get in trouble and say, "I want my mom, I want my mom.". Police thought that location by the river might provide more clues. Carl Harris: I had to go out of town to get jobs, where people don't know me. Dawn Beasley: Well, they asked me so what do you know about Carl Harris? The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Ozark is 172 to 1. But some things in Beasley's story were not adding up. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Her fianc, Jeff, came home, waking her in the middle of the night. He was eyeing the clock. Support her work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at dothaneagle.com. The newspaper quoted Tracies mother as saying at a vigil on the tenth anniversary of the murders that she prayed every day law enforcement would come up with answers. The autopsy revealed that Tracey had drowned, but also noted marks around her neck likely indicating strangulation. Copyright 2021 WTVY. She and her soon-to-be husband Jeff, who worked construction with Carl, lived with the Harrises for about a month. INVESTIGATOR: And when do you think he said that? I wonder what she's doing. Copyright 2023 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. My job is very stressful. Selina Dodson and Tracey were about 11 years old when baptized. This is a murder trial. What we thought was interesting was that she had witnessed it in the same manner as how Tracey was actually killed. Get instant notifications on top stories from News 4 by downloading our mobile apps. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Maureen Maher: Were you worried that there was some new piece of evidence that they had? That, however, changed with Jordan's insistence that she testify at Carl's murder trial. According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 86 registered sex offenders living in Ozark, Alabama as of February 21, 2023. On January 13, 2020, the day prosecutors had planned to be in court starting Carl Harris's trial, instead, they held a press conference. On the eve of his January 2020 trial, Dale County prosecutor Jordon Davis discovered that investigators had accused the wrong man. A Dothan woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer, according to a Dothan Police Department news release. Walker told WDHN-TV, I dont believe DNA lies. He called the latest developments shocking.. In the Golden State Killer case, police said they found DNA on a tissue in his trash. 2618 US Hwy 231 N. Ozark, AL 36360. Pinocchio was the first winner of the night, presented Platinum Motors LLCU-Haul Neighborhood Dealer. Maureen Maher: Was there any relief for you after all this time? Several years after Tracey's murder, he had left Ozark, feeling like the cloud of suspicion had destroyed his life. The most famous murder in Alabama history is the 1988 Hawes murders, which took place in the city of Birmingham. This was not me. Then, after being subpoenaed, she called prosecutor Jordan Davis again. Carl was believed to have been the last person to see Tracey, picking her up the night she disappeared from the restaurant where she worked as a waitress. Less than a week before it was set to begin, the trial for the suspect in the 1999 killings of two Dothan teenagers has been continued due to the lack of available jurors. He maintained his innocence, even after being told he failed the polygraph. Produced by Ruth Chenetz. In a 2018 post, McCraney is pictured under the name Bishop Coley McCraney with the caption, Bishop/ motivational speaker/ working for the Lord.. Maureen Maher: Did she talk to you about it at all? Dawn Beasley revealed to ADA Jordan Davis that her ex-husband was Tracey Harris' killer. Dawn Beasley: We just pretended it never happened. DAVID HARRISON [to reporters]: I think it's negligence. They just never asked me, "who do you think did it?" All rights reserved. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. But when they opened the trunk, they found Beasley and Hawlett inside with gunshot wounds to their heads, according to the station. And I think when they reopened the case, they were just trying to prove Carl did it, not look for anybody else. He told me it was an accident, you know? A 45-year-old man has been arrested in the 1999 cold case rape and murder of two teen girls in Ozark, Alabama. The defense also offered up an alternate suspect: that friend police say Carl picked up the night Tracey disappeared named Bobby Herring. She would stay quiet, she says, out of her desire to keep her life intact, and also out of fear that police might not believe her. "Tracey." INVESTIGATOR: Everybody in the case who knew Tracey says she was scared of water. Kirke Adams [at the river]: Part of our job is to paint that picture for a jury, and I think it is always important to try to get a feel for the area. Jeff Beasley had not only agreed to talk to investigators, but also, to take a lie detector test: INVESTIGATOR: Are you the person that caused the death of Tracey Harris that night? OZARK, Ala. ( WDHN) Chad Brogdon's trial started on Monday. A press conference is also scheduled for Monday where Dale County officials and Ozark Police are expected to announce the charges against McCraney. JEFF BEASLEY: No, we went to the river a couple of times. Carl Harris: Honestly, wasn't any of their business. On August 1, after the girls were reported missing, police found their bodies in the trunk of Beasleys car on the side of Herring Avenue in Ozark, according to police. Maybe I write a letter. On June 18, 2011, McCraney and his wife renewed their wedding vows, 10 years after they were married, according to a social media post. The police then used other investigative techniques to confirm Coley McCraney was the suspect in the case. McCraney was initially married in 1992, but separated from his first wife in 1994 and later divorced. I remember taking her, pushing her under water I mean if the autopsy says it, I don't, I guess . Carl Harris: No. He's going to deny it. Dawn Beasley: We all saw it. I wonder what she looks like. The brother Robin lives in the house now that . Kirke Adams: Can we really do this? Beasley and Hawlett, high school friends from Dothan, Alabama, were 17 when they were killed on July 31, 1999. Heart of Goal as a bishop and co-founder. He had spent time serving in the U.S. Air Force in Biloxi, Mississippi, after graduating from Carroll High School Ozark, according to the Dothan Eagle. Why? By 2016, he had moved to South Carolina, where investigators gave him a call. But then in the back of my mind, I'm like, was it really him? Their daughter, Carolyn, was born a few months later. Everywhere I turn, they you know, you hear them whispering in background, 'there's the man that killed Tracey. A controversial, decades-old double murder case in the Wiregrass Region of Alabama took the latest in a series of bizarre turns on Thursday morning as a woman recanted claims ahead of a trucker and preacher's capital murder trial.. Coley McCraney, 48, stands accused of murdering 17-year-olds J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett after the two high school friends got lost on their way to a party in . The entire town of Ozark, Alabama was socked when the murders happened in the summer of 1988. "Who?" Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan, Alabama, has been arrested in the 1999 murders of Hawlett and Beasley. Blankenship, who is Jordon Davis father, did not become mayor until after Harris had been cleared. And maybe he freaked out and made sure she wasn't going to ruin his family. INVESTIGATOR: One of the pathologist's reports said that she was possibly strangled. Crime Tips HOTline 334-774-2335 or Submit Via Email. Carolyn Aznavour: Yeah, I've always wanted to ask questions, but the way that everybody portrayed him to be, I didn't think that he would tell me the truth. 24 Hour Phone: (334) 774-2335. Carolyn spoke with the sheriff, who put her in touch with the Ozark Police Department. The City of Ozark is located in Dale County in the State of Alabama.Find directions to Ozark, browse local businesses, landmarks, get current traffic estimates, road conditions, and more.According to the 2019 US Census the Ozark population is estimated at 14,139 people. 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