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A spokesman for the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s office refused comment when asked if the prosecuting attorney Dan Patterson would seek to refuse bond.
The accused killer of Hailey Owens was taken into custody the same night he was seen by witnesses abducting the child who was found dead at his house early the next morning in a plastic tote.
Craig Wood, an employee of Pleasant View Middle School, was an athletic coach and a paraprofessional suspension “teacher,” a member of a bluegrass band and described by witnesses as the predator who grabbed Hailey Owens off the street as she was walking home Tuesday afternoon. Wood had been employed by the school district since 1998. Hailey never attended a school where Wood worked. Witnesses saw the abduction, described the truck Wood was driving and turned his license number over to police which led to his discovery and arrest. The witnesses also gave a detailed description of Wood’s appearance. They said he “threw her into the truck like a rag doll.”
According to the probable cause statement filed with his arrest the pickup truck was traced to his father, Jim Wood who told the police that his son Craig Michael Wood regularly drove the vehicle.
When police drove up to Wood’s residence he was seen getting out of the truck with a roll of duct tape in his hand which he threw in the back of the truck.
Wood told police that he had come directly home from school and then changed his story and said he drove around a while. He denied having contact with Owens.
When they made a safety sweep of the house police detected a strong bleach smell coming from the basement. They then obtained a search warrant came back with crime scene technicians and confirmed that Hailey’s body was in the second plastic tote they searched. The chief investigator for the Greene County Medical Examiners Office determined that Hailey had been shot at the base of her skull. She also had ligature marks on her arms. A .22 caliber spent shell was found in the basement.
You can view the prosecuting attorney’s news release, felony complaint and Probable Cause affidavit if you click Probable Cause – Craig M Wood.
Wood is charged with lst degree murder punishable by death or life without parole. The Prosecuting attorney has not yet said he would seek the death penalty.
However in a press release Wednesday Patterson said he was “firmly committed to seeking justice for Hailey.”
Wood is also charged with child kidnapping and armed criminal action.