A man shot by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies during an early-morning home invasion and sexual assault was just released from prison less than three months ago after a string of crimes that terrorized the northwest side of the Center Point area seven years ago.
The Following crimes occurred in 2013. In Jefferson County, Alabama. Burgin, authorities say, may be linked to as many as 12 home invasion robberies and sexual assaults. From January through September, sheriff’s deputies responded to 12 reports of home invasion robberies. Some involved sexual assaults; others didn’t. The female victims ranged in age from mid-20s to mid-40s. He usually entered the homes from the rear and always carried a gun. He also stole jewelry, electronics, and cash. The break came in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 5, when deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress in the 100 block of 24th Court N.W. A woman told lawmen she was awakened by a noise. Her 24-year-old son went to investigate and found a gunman wearing a mask and trying to remove the back window screen.
When the suspect spotted the son, he simply turned and walked away. Deputies already were in the area as part of the operation plan, and saw the man running from the victim’s home. They chased him across Center Point Road, where he tried to get away by jumping off a retaining wall. Deputies moved into to arrest him when he fell to the ground. He fought them, but he was eventually subdued and taken into custody. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries during his escape attempt, and then taken to the county jail on charges of attempted burglary and attempting to elude.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 5 to serve. Most of Burgin’s charges were dismissed or he was acquitted for.
Then just three months after his early release from prison in July of 2020 he was shot by police in a home invasion and sexual assault.Way to change your life around Ricky “at a boy!??“.
On July 31, 1999, seventeen-year-olds J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett went out to celebrate J.B.’s birthday by going to a party near their Dothan, Alabama homes. When they did got lost however they decided to stop at an Ozark BP gas station for directions. Tracie phoned her mother at 11:30pm and let her know that they got lost and were in Ozark. The lady that was working at the gas station gave the girls directions back to Dothan. Nobody has seen them alive since.
The next morning at 9am their J.B. and Tracie’s body were found in the trunk of their car. Someone had forced them to a remote location, forced them to perform sexual acts on them, and then shot them in the head. This was located only a mile away from the convenience store they stopped for directions at. Both girls were clothed, but dirty. Semen was found at the scene, allowing investigators to collect a DNA sample of the perpetrator. Robbery was easily ruled out as both girls still had their purses and jewelry.
Solved. In March of 2019, 45 year old Coley McCraney was arrested and charged with J.B. and Tracie’s murders. DNA found on their bodies was matched to McCraney through genetic genealogy. Investigators submitted the DNA profile from the crime scene to a genealogical database. They were then able to locate McCraney by mapping his family tree and identifying his relatives. A similar method was used to capture Joseph DeAngelo the Original Night Stalker. McCraney is from Ozark and lived in Dothan prior to his arrest. He had no criminal record and was not considered a suspect prior to the DNA match. McCraney served time in the military, worked as a truck driver, owned a church, and is married. He also went to school in Ozark and would have been 26 at the time of the murders. This man was not on the radar at all.
He got sued in a child paternity test in 1998 and failed to show up for two DNA tests. He eventually just decided to pay child support.