SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A jury discovered Craig Wood responsible of first-degree homicide Thursday afternoon for the February 2014 killing of Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens.
Prosecutors will now pursue the demise penalty in opposition to Wood in a separate week-long courtroom continuing.
Wood, 49, pulled Hailey into his truck whereas she was strolling to her Springfield dwelling on the afternoon of Feb. 18, 2014.
Prosecutors say Wood then raped Hailey, took her all the way down to his basement and shot her to demise.
The lady’s physique was discovered hours later inside a plastic tub in Wood’s basement.
Wood’s protection attorneys had argued Wood didn’t deliberate so second-degree homicide can be extra applicable. The jury disagreed.
The jury deliberated for about an hour earlier than returning the decision in opposition to the previous center faculty soccer coach.
Craig Wood earlier than arrest
Wood’s legal professional argued throughout closing arguments that Owens’ demise was unplanned. During the trial, a witness testified that he was raking leaves when he noticed Wood pull Hailey right into a pickup truck. The man ran after the truck however was unable to get to the lady. His spouse referred to as 911 and reported the truck’s license plate.
Here have been among the tales Fox four posted following Hailey’s disappearance:
Man who chased kidnapper remembers little lady’s smile
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