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Craig M. Wood

Craig M. Wood

Springfield, Mo. — Craig Michael Wood, the accused killer of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, appeared in court today before Judge Daniel Imhof for his arraignment but failed to enter a plea. Wood was represented by public defender Christopher Hatley.
Wood — who is charged with 1st degree murder, kidnapping the child and armed criminal action — is being held without bond in the Greene County Jail.
Motions were filed to preserve evidence, shorten the time and change the judge.
Wood’s next court appearance is set for March 19, and his preliminary hearing date is set for 10 a.m. April 7.
You can view the prosecuting attorney’s previous news release, felony complaint and Probable Cause affidavit if you click Probable Cause – Craig M Wood.
Hailey Owens

Hailey Owens

Wood, a public school employe since 1998, was arrested after his alleged abduction of a 10-year-old girl as she was walking home on Tuesday afternoon. The kidnapping was witnessed and police were given the license plate number, which resulted in authorities finding Wood and discovering the body of Hailey Owens in the basement of his home early Wednesday.

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