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"We employed nearly all of their DNA test, phenotyping gave us a description of an unknown suspect. Genetic Genealogy helped us to identify the family from which he descended and kinship testing ultimately narrowed the suspect list down to a single individual. We collected the DNA sample from the suspect in our state crime lab confirmed that it matches, it matched DNA from the crime scene. The genetic genotype and a match to the DNA sample again taken from the crime scene in 1999."
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2. Still of Coley McCraney, charged with rape and capital murder in the deaths
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Marshall, Alabama Attorney General:
"But it also is a reflection of how emerging technology can be used by law enforcement to help us solve questions. For years we don't know the answer to.
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Marshall, Alabama Attorney General:
Cases are not forgotten cases are not filed away but instead we simply are looking for that next lead for that next piece of information that we can use to be able to provide answers and accountability like we have provided for these families today."
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5. Still photo of J.B. Beasley, left, and Tracie Hawlett, who were both murdered in July 1999
A DNA match found through genealogy testing led to the arrest of a truck-driving preacher in the killings of two teen girls who were found shot to death in a car trunk nearly 20 years ago, authorities said Monday.
Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan is charged with rape and capital murder in the 1999 deaths of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, officials told a news conference.
McCraney, arrested Saturday, is cooperating with authorities, a defense lawyer said.
Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said he knew McCraney from living in the same city and was surprised when DNA testing linked him to the slayings.
He credited science, diligence and divine intervention with the arrest.
"Genetic Genealogy helped us to identify the family from which he descended and kinship testing ultimately narrowed the suspect list down to a single individual," he said.
The girls left Dothan the night of July 3, 1999, to attend a party, but never arrived.
They were found the next day in the trunk of Beasley's car alongside a road in Ozark, a city of 19,000 people located about 90 miles southeast of Montgomery.
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