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Death Penalty Possible for Child Abduction Murder

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Craig Michael Wood (Booking photo from Greene County Sheriff's Department)

Craig Michael Wood (Booking photo from Greene County Sheriff’s Department)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - The case against 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood in the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens could bring the death penalty, but Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says it’s not been decided whether to seek that punishment. We now know that Hailey had been shot in the head, wrapped in trash bags and stuffed in a plastic storage tote.

“As the father of an 8-year-old and 11-year-old daughters, these are very hard facts to talk about. I’m just glad that he was captured and we can bring him to justice,” says Patterson.

The prosecutor charged Wood with First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Child Kidnapping.

Wood, a coach and teachers aid at an elementary school, has very little criminal history: possession of a controlled substance and illegal taking of wildlife. Prosecutor Patterson said one resident who watched the abduction tried to follow wood in his truck. A good description from that witness, and one other, led to Wood’s arrest.

Wood is set to make his first appearance in court on Thursday.

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