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Craig M. Wood

Craig M. Wood

Springfield, Mo. — A July 9 pre-trial conference was set today for accused child killer and molester Craig Michael Wood. Issues expected to be considered at that 3 p.m. conference include setting a trial date.
Wood appeared in street clothes today before Judge Thomas E. Mountjoy as he denied a motion filed in behalf of Wood to deny cameras in the courtroom. Today’s hearing was photographed, and a video camera was present.
Wood is charged with the first degree murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy of 10-year old-Hailey Owens in February 2014 as well as armed criminal action.
Hailey Owens

Hailey Owens

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty in the case.

Wood, a youth athletic coach, is accused of brutally yanking the young Springfield girl off the street as she was walking home, taking her to his house where he allegedly raped and shot her at the base of her skull and stuffed her in a plastic tote to go out for garbage pickup.

Wood is represented by public defender Patrick J. Berrigan, well known for his high profile death penalty cases.
To view the felony complaint and probable cause statement for the case, click HERE.

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