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    Craig Michael Wood -Trial - October 2017 - Possible Plea Deal - Springfield, MO


    Craig Michael Wood Case Overview


    Victim: Hailey Owens

    On February 18, 2014, an Amber Alert was issued for 10 year old, Hailey Owens, Springfield, Missouri. The child was abducted 4:50 p.m., on February 18, 2014. Hailey Owens was approached by an unknown person and pulled into his vehicle. Witnesses described the kidnapper as a white male between the ages of 45 and 55, driving a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup with Missouri license plate. Police said they located the suspect's vehicle in the child abduction case Tuesday night. Police located Craig Michael Wood about 8:30 p.m. in his vehicle in his driveway at 1532 E. Stanford, where he lives. Police obtained a search warrant for Craig Michael Woods' home. The FBI evidence response team arrived assisted with the search of the residence, at approximately 2:30 a.m., search crews found a childs body they believe is Hailey Owens.
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    Hailey Owens murder case: Judge rules on access to Craig Wood mental health records


    By Linda Russell | Posted: Mon 4:39 PM, Apr 11, 2016 | Updated: Mon 4:45 PM, Apr 11, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Craig Wood, the man charged in the kidnapping and murder of 10 year-old Hailey Owens, was in a Greene County courtroom again Monday.

    The court picked up an issue discussed late last month. A judge ruled prosecutors can have access to psychological records from Wood's doctors who visit him the jail, but the court should review their notes first. The defense is to provide the records by the end of May. The jury trial is set to begin September 26th.

    Hailey Owens' family members were once again in the court room, seeking justice for Hailey, who was killed on February 18, 2014.
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    Mar. 29, 2016 Report:

    Craig Wood, the man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens, sat stoically in a Greene County courtroom while a judge considered several trial issues on Wednesday morning.

    First up: interviews with four young girls whose middle school pictures were found in Wood's home. Two of the four girls were mentioned in written pornographic stories also found in Wood's home. The girls did interviews with trained interviewers at the Child Advocacy Center.

    During questioning, the girls described Wood as quiet and "super nice." The defense wants copies of the interviews on DVDs. The prosecutor doesn't want Wood to have access to them. The judge ruled defense attorneys could see the DVDs but Wood may not.

    In a separate issue, Wood's lawyers hinted at using his mental capacity as a defense. The defense has endorsed three psychologists. Judge Thomas Mountjoy ruled prosecutors can have access to records of when these doctors visit Wood in jail and for how long. He's still considering whether prosecutors will have access to the notes that these doctors take while examining Wood's mental state.

    Wood's mental state on the night of Hailey's murder on Feb. 18, 2014, may have been affected by drugs. Earlier this month, Wood surprised people in the courtroom by taking the stand himself at a routine hearing and testifying he had been high on meth. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson asked Wood when he used the meth.

    "The night before," Wood replied.

    Wood told the judge at that previous hearing that he had enough meth to keep him up all night and was still "pretty wound up." He told the judge that he was "still jittery."

    Once again at this latest hearing, Hailey's parents were in the court room, listening as the judge and attorneys get ready to try the man accused of killing their daughter. He'll be tried by a jury from another county. The trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26, 2016, and possibly last three weeks.

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    1431-CR00658-01 - ST V CRAIG MICHAEL WOOD [SO]

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    1431-CR00658-01 - ST V CRAIG MICHAEL WOOD [SO]

    04/04/2016

    CRAIG MICHAEL WOOD, pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 21, 2016

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    1431-CR00658-01 - ST V CRAIG MICHAEL WOOD [SO]

    Charge/Judgment
    Description: Murder 1st Degree { Felony A RSMo: 565.020 }
    Date: 02/18/2014
    Code: 1002100 Arresting Agency: SPRINGFIELD PD
     
    Next Charge/Judgment
    Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
    Date: 02/18/2014
    Code: 3101000
    Arresting Agency: SPRINGFIELD PD
     
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    Description: Child Kidnapping { Felony A RSMo: 565.115 }
    Date: 02/18/2014
    Code: 1602500
    Arresting Agency: SPRINGFIELD PD
     
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    Description: Rape Or Attempted Rape - 1st Degree -Victim Is Less Than 12 Years Of Age { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 566.030 }
    Date: 02/18/2014
    Code: 1101700
    Arresting Agency: SPRINGFIELD PD
     
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    Description: Sodomy Or Attempted Sodomy - 1st Degree - Victim Is Less Than 12 Years Old { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 566.060 }
    Date: 02/18/2014
    Code: 1106600
    Arresting Agency: SPRINGFIELD PD

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    GREENE COUNTY, Mo. – A pre-trial conference is rescheduled for today in a Greene County child kidnapping and murder trial.

    A hearing for Craig Wood, 49, of Ash Grove has been continued a number of times already. Woods hearing is on the docket for 10:30 a.m. this morning in the abduction and murder of 10 year old Haley Owens in February of 2014.

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    Judge considers delay of Craig Wood trial

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 5:11 p.m. CDT July 21, 2016
    The attorneys representing Craig Wood asked at a court appearance Thursday that his trial be pushed back six months.

    Wood, 48, is charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in connection with the February 2014 abduction and killing of Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if Wood is convicted.

    Wood is scheduled to stand trial starting Sept. 26, but attorneys Patrick Berrigan and Thomas Jacquinot argued Thursday they needed more time to prepare a defense.

    Jacquinot said the state public defender's office is overworked and understaffed. He said if the trial happened in September, he's worried Wood would not have effective counsel.

    "Mitigation work in this case is not where it needs to be," Jacquinot said. "It's not even close."

    Jacquinot said both he and Berrigan have been found to be ineffective in separate cases in their careers, and they don't want that to happen in Wood's case.

    Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, meanwhile, accused Wood's attorneys of engaging in purposeful delay. He pointed out the defense has missed several discovery deadlines set by Judge Thomas Mountjoy.

    "It seems to me, we will be right back in this same position in six months if no one follows your orders," Patterson told the judge.

    Mountjoy will decide whether or not to push the trial back. He did not announce a decision on Thursday.

    Mountjoy now has several important motions in this case under advisement: the defense's request to push back the trial, prosecutor's request to have a psychologist examine Wood and the defense's request to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Mountjoy is also considering arguments about how questions should be worded on the jury questionnaire.

    Jacquinot said in court Thursday the efficiency of the state public defender's office is "dependent on our ability to negotiate cases."
    He said the majority of death penalty cases in Missouri end in plea agreements.

    In terms of Wood's case, Jacquinot said the defense attorneys are "openly doing everything we can to resolve this."

    Patterson told the News-Leader after the hearing that professional rules prohibit him from publicly discussing plea negotiations.

    Much of the argument during Thursday's appearance was about a motion filed by prosecutors to have their psychologist interview Wood.


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    Craig Wood's trial date delayed to May

    Alissa Zhu, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 10:03 p.m. CDT August 8, 2016

    The trial date for Craig Wood, the man accused of killing Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens, has been delayed.

    According to online court records, Judge Thomas Mountjoy has set Wood's jury trial for May 8, 2017.

    Previously, Wood's case was scheduled to go to trial starting Sept. 26.

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    Attorneys Patrick Berrigan and Thomas Jacquinot argued they needed more time to prepare a defense.

    Jacquinot said the state public defender's office is too overworked and understaffed to provide effective counsel to Wood by September.

    Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson accused Wood's attorneys of purposefully delaying the trial. Patterson said the defense has missed several discovery deadlines set by Mountjoy.

    A jury from Platte County will be brought in to hear the case. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if Wood is found guilty.

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    FTLOG! So sick of trials being pushed back!

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    Judge Delays Start of Trial in Hailey Owens Murder
    08/09 2016 04:36AM

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    A Greene County judge has rescheduled the start of trial for the man accused of killing 10-year old Hailey Owens of Springfield.

    Monday, Circuit Judge Tom Mountjoy agreed to a defense request to reset the trial date, which was to have started September 26. Now, the case is pushed back to May 1, 2017.

    Craig Michael Wood is charged with kidnapping and murdering Hailey in February, 2014. She was grabbed off the street near her home and her body was found in Wood's basement several hours later. Wood faces the death penalty if convicted.

    The judge's order Monday calls for jury selection May 1-5, 2017, with a jury to be selected from Platte County, just north of Kansas City.

    Wood's next hearing in the case is a pre-trial conference September 15. He has been held in the Greene County Jail since his arrest the morning after Hailey's disappearance.

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    Wood murder trial delayed until October 2017

    Posted: Fri 6:59 AM, Oct 28, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. The trial of Haley Owens accused killer now will not begin until almost four years after the crime.

    Court officials have delayed the trial of Craig Michael Wood again. It is now not scheduled to start until October 2017. He was scheduled for a court appearance Thursday, but court records now show the trial was pushed back five months to from May of next year.

    Wood is charged with abducting the 10-year old girl from her Springfield neighborhood in February 2014. Police found her body in Wood’s home later that day.

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    Ridiculous that it's taking so long to go to trial.
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    Stepfather of Hailey Owens indicted on child porn charge


    4:26 p.m. CT Feb. 19, 2017

    The stepfather of slain Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens was indicted last week on a federal child porn charge.

    Jeffrey W. Barfield, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on a charge of sexual exploitation of minors. The indictment was unsealed on Friday.

    The indictment alleges that Barfield received and distributed material that "involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct" between Jan. 1, 2012 and Sept. 22, 2016.

    Since Barfield was indicted by a grand jury, public court documents do not provide any more details about the allegations.

    Available court documents in Barfield’s case make no mention of Hailey.

    Online court records indicate Barfield has been released on bond and he is being represented by an attorney with the federal public defender’s office.

    The News-Leader left a message for Barfield on Sunday afternoon.

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    Ugh, this is so disgusting. Hopefully Hailey wasn't subjected to any molestion by the stepfather, sure makes you wonder!
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    Craig Wood willing to take life in prison to avoid death penalty, attorney says

    Updated 3:11 p.m. CT Feb. 10, 2017

    Craig Wood is willing to spend the rest of his life in prison if, in exchange, the Greene County prosecutor drops his pursuit of the death penalty, according to an exclusive interview with Wood’s attorney.

    Patrick Berrigan, Wood’s attorney from the public defender’s capital case division, said he sent a letter to Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson on Oct. 31 telling the prosecutor Wood is willing to plead guilty to murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014 and agree to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

    Berrigan told the News-Leader about the proposal Thursday. He said the crimes Wood is accused of committing — snatching Hailey off the street, taking her back to his house, raping her and killing her — are "terrible" and "egregious."

    Berrigan said what separates Wood from other people recently sentenced to death in this country — like church-shooter Dylann Roof in South Carolina — is remorse.

    "Craig Wood has a great deal of remorse about this case," Berrigan said. "Some people would find that persuasive, or at least a factor, in decisions about life or death."

    Berrigan said this week he hasn’t heard back from the prosecutor about the proposal.

    Four months after Wood was charged in 2014, Patterson said he would pursue the death penalty against Wood, citing a Missouri statute that allows the death penalty if a crime is "outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman."

    Patterson said Friday that ethics rules prohibit him from publicly discussing possible plea negotiations.

    "At this point, we are still proceeding with the prosecution of the case," Patterson said.

    Stacey Barfield, Hailey’s mother, said after a pretrial court appearance Wednesday that it is difficult for her to sit through the proceedings.

    Attorney David Ransin, who represents Hailey's parents, said Hailey’s parents want to avoid a trial, but the most important thing for them is coming to a resolution that is "air-tight."

    "We want it done right," Ransin said.

    Ransin said the worst thing for the family would be for Wood to plead guilty and for the family to think everything was behind them, only for the case to be opened back up if Wood appealed his conviction.

    Ransin said he believes Patterson is still gathering information about the case.

    "My understanding is that Dan’s position is there is more to be done and more information to be obtained before he is comfortable fulfilling his duty to the state, to the community as well as the family to make the right decision with regard to accepting a plea or proceeding to trial," Ransin said.

    Patterson said he is listening to input from Hailey's family as the case moves forward.

    "As in all cases, we talk about these things with the family and will consider the victim's family's input as we move along," Patterson said.

    Patterson said other factors are also considered in death-penalty cases, including the facts of the case, the defendant and the interests of the community and the state.

    After a second rescheduling last year, Wood’s trial is now set for October.

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    Hailey Owens' parents ask prosecutors to skip death penalty for Craig Wood

    Updated: Thu 11:04 PM, Apr 20, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -The mother of murdered Hailey Owens wants prosecutors to pursue a plea deal, not the death penalty, against the man accused of killing her daughter.

    Craig Wood is scheduled to stand trial in October and November for first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping for the girl's death in 2014. Her mother, Stacey Barfield, said she would support a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for Wood to avoid a painful trial. She said Thursday that prosecutors have not responded to her request.

    "I don't want to have to sit there and go through the nightmare, reliving it," Barfield told KY3's Mike Landis during an interview Thursday afternoon. "I have been through enough. I just want it done."

    Barfield said prosecutors seeking the death penalty would result in a drawn-out emotional trial, which is something she wants to avoid.

    Barfield stated, "I know some of the facts and everything, but there might be something new that pops up and that might get me riled up, and it is hard to get me calmed down once I hear everything that happened to Hailey."

    Marcus Ryan Owens, Hailey's biological dad, was also on hand to speak his thoughts. He is in agreement with his former wife regarding the request made to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.

    "I think it is very important that our son has a chance to have a normal life and put all the pressure behind him. And I don't want him to find out certain aspects of Hailey death he doesn't need to know about." Owens added, "Nothing is going to bring our daughter back.

    And, I feel like the death of another human being would not serve justice in my daughter's memory."

    The family says life in prison could ultimately be worse than a death sentence.

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    Yes, the trial would be a nightmare for the parents to go through and I respect their feelings, but I hate the fact this POS gets to live.
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    Hailey Owens' family settles wrongful death lawsuit with Craig Wood

    Updated: Thu 4:58 PM, Apr 27, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -The family of Hailey Owens settled a wrongful death lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. The family reached the settlement with Owens' accused murderer, Craig Wood.

    Wood is scheduled to stand trial in October and November for first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping for the girl's death in February 2014. Hailey's mother, Stacey Barfield, recently said she would support a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for Wood to avoid a painful trial.

    She said this month that prosecutors have not responded to her request.

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    News-Leader Columnist Interviews Accused Murderer Craig Wood\
    Apr 28, 2017 07:04 AM CDT

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    Steve Pokin, a columnist for the Springfield News-Leader, routinely appears on KOLR10 Daybreak as "The Answer Man."* But this week, he previews a jailhouse interview with the man accused of killing a 10 year old Springfield girl.
    On April 20, I spent 55 minutes face-to-face with Craig Wood in the Greene County Jail. He is accused of raping and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014.
    The story runs in print and online Sunday.
    I had written Wood a letter in December asking if we could talk.* I was surprised when Patrick Berrigan, Wood's attorney, eventually agreed.
    I expect many of you are angry that I sat down with Wood. After all, here in the Ozarks, the main narrative of his life is this - Craig Wood: The Monster Who Killed Hailey Owens.
    All I can say is that I hope you read Sunday's story. I hope you think I was fair to Hailey and asked the questions you would have asked.

    I also want you to know that Wood's attorney had asked me to agree in advance to not ask about the day Hailey was kidnapped and killed. I did not agree to that.
    In Sunday's story, I will let you know what Wood said as well as what he refused to answer on the advice of his lawyer.
    Wood's attorney isn't trying to free his client. He's trying to save his life.
    Police say Wood snatched Hailey off the street, threw her into his truck like a rag doll, drove her to his home, raped her, shot her in the back of the head and then placed her body in a plastic tote in his basement.
    I think Berrigan and Wood agreed to the interview because they hope a story might humanize Wood in some small way and perhaps spare him from execution.
    Dan Patterson, Greene County prosecuting attorney, thus far has rejected a plea deal even though both Wood and Hailey's mother have publicly sought one.
    Wood is willing to plead guilty and serve life without parole if, in exchange, Patterson drops the death penalty.
    Patterson caught wind of the pending interview and called me. He wanted to comment and sent a statement via email.
    "Over three years ago, Craig Wood snatched 10-year-old Hailey Owens from a street near her home to fulfill his sexual desires," Patterson wrote. "Shortly after, he shot Hailey in the head and prepared to dispose of her body. Hailey was shown no mercy by Craig Wood and he solely controlled her fate."
    Patterson said he is prohibited by ethical guidelines from discussing plea negotiations.
    But he wanted it clear that nothing prevents Wood from pleading guilty today. Wood could offer what's called an "open plea" of guilty.*
    If he did, Wood could then argue for what he thinks is an appropriate punishment.

    I also want you to know that Wood's attorney had asked me to agree in advance to not ask about the day Hailey was kidnapped and killed. I did not agree to that.
    In Sunday's story, I will let you know what Wood said as well as what he refused to answer on the advice of his lawyer.
    Wood's attorney isn't trying to free his client. He's trying to save his life.
    Police say Wood snatched Hailey off the street, threw her into his truck like a rag doll, drove her to his home, raped her, shot her in the back of the head and then placed her body in a plastic tote in his basement.
    I think Berrigan and Wood agreed to the interview because they hope a story might humanize Wood in some small way and perhaps spare him from execution.
    Dan Patterson, Greene County prosecuting attorney, thus far has rejected a plea deal even though both Wood and Hailey's mother have publicly sought one.
    Wood is willing to plead guilty and serve life without parole if, in exchange, Patterson drops the death penalty.
    Patterson caught wind of the pending interview and called me. He wanted to comment and sent a statement via email.
    "Over three years ago, Craig Wood snatched 10-year-old Hailey Owens from a street near her home to fulfill his sexual desires," Patterson wrote. "Shortly after, he shot Hailey in the head and prepared to dispose of her body. Hailey was shown no mercy by Craig Wood and he solely controlled her fate."
    Patterson said he is prohibited by ethical guidelines from discussing plea negotiations.
    But he wanted it clear that nothing prevents Wood from pleading guilty today. Wood could offer what's called an "open plea" of guilty.*
    If he did, Wood could then argue for what he thinks is an appropriate punishment.

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