change of venue, Craig M. Wood, criminal complaint, death penalty, Greene County Circuit Court, Hailey Owens, Judge Dan Conklin, kidnapping, motions hearing, murder, Patrick Berrigan, rape, sodomy, Springfield MO
There was not much forward motion toward setting a date for the jury trial of the former youth football coach who is accused of the rape, murder and kidnapping of 10-year-old-Hailey Owens last February.
The one action that did occur was the establishment of an Oct. 2 date at 9:30 a.m. to hear the judge’s ruling on the defense request for a change of venue for the trial.
Rather than a change of venue the Prosecution favors leaving the trial in Springfield and bringing in jurors from another area
The state will seek the death penalty for Wood should he be convicted of murder one. Patrick Berrigan, a well known defense attorney who has been assigned to defend Wood, has been seeking to move the case based on the intensity of press coverage the murder has generated.
Witnesses saw Hailey Owens accosted and pulled into a pickup truck as she walked home from a friend’s house and police later traced the pickup truck to the father of Craig Michael Wood who told police his son was driving it.
Wood was taken into custody at his Springfield home, which was later searched and where the body of Hailey Owen was found in a plastic tote.
Wood is charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, child kidnapping, first degree rape or attempted rape of a victim under 12, and first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy of a victim under 12.
Berrigan previously represented Alton murderer Guy Varnell and drew a reduced charge.
To view the amended Criminal Complaint, click HERE.
Wood has been held without bond at the Greene County Jail since his arrest.