SPRINGFIELD, MO (01/10/18) - Back in early November, Craig Wood went on trial and was charged with first degree murder in the death of Hailey Owens after kidnapping her while she was walking home from a friends house. The week long trial ended with the jury unable to make a decision if Wood will spend life in prison or get the death penalty.
In 2014, Hailey Owens’ body was found in the basement of Woods home just hours after she went missing. Witness testimonies were heard in the courtroom of her abduction. And evidence that was found in Woods home, such as; bottles of bleach, blue plastic tubs, and Hailey’s clothes were shown to the jury.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson argued that Wood had a thought-out-plan when it came to killing Hailey.
“When you place the muzzle, the end of the barrel of a gun against the back of the head and base of the skull and you pull the trigger there is only one purpose you can have and that’s to kill someone," says Patterson.
Wood’s defense team claimed that he didn’t use a disguise during the abduction and that it was done out of sexual compulsion. “If this was a plan to rape, sodomize, and kill this young girl I don’t see it," says Berrigan. "No disguise at all. None.”
In the courtroom, sobbing could be heard from Hailey’s family and friends as they remember that tragic day.
“When my husband called and told me that there was an amber alert and asked if all the kids were inside the house and asked if Hailey was still there. I told him no that I sent her home," says the mother of Hailey's friend Savannah Taylor.
More of Hailey’s family and teachers took the stand to recognize what they say, the life of a special girl.
Judge Thomas Mountjoy will, now, decide Wood’s fate tomorrow. Mountjoy will decide on two motions filed by the defense. If he denies both he will then rule if Wood will receive life in prison or the death penalty. Fox 5 will have the judges decision as Wood’s trial comes to a conclusion. Tune back in here at 6:30 and 9, tomorrow, for the fate of Craig Wood.