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Accused Killer Charged with Murder

By: Luke Treat
Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The suspect in the murder case of 10-year-old Hailey Owens is formally charged today with first-degree murder, child kidnapping, and armed criminal action.

Craig Michael Wood appeared in the Greene County Associate Circuit Court via video from the Green County Jail this morning.

The probable cause statement says the girl was shot to death, and police found her body wrapped in plastic in Wood's home.

Investigators’ court documents show they found other evidence including a .22 caliber shell and a 3-ring binder with child pornography in the suspect’s home.  

Associate Circuit Judge Dan Imhof ordered Wood held without bond, and set a preliminary hearing for April 7.  

Wood’s Public Defender, Chris Hatley, asked for a new judge for the preliminary hearing, which could be decided on March 19.  

Full story here: Luke Treat 


Roy - 02/22/2014 6:22:51 AM
So here we go again. Not only does he kill one of our children, now we have to pay for his defense. Why don't they sell his home and property to pay for his defense first? Another rule the "Bleeding Hearts" put in to help these type of people out. Every mother and father knows what should be done to punish this person.
Jeff B - 02/23/2014 8:39:01 AM
Because Roy,regardless of the situation,he's still innocent until proven guilty. It's called DUE PROCESS. If he did do what he's accused of doing, I'm sure he'll be dealt with swiftly in prison but you can't strip those rights away before a ruling has been made.