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« Reply #120 on: April 22, 2014, 01:33:11 AM »

wait . . . wait . . . wait!

I don't know how these families deal with all the delays.

 

It must be very difficult for the families.  Hopefully, justice comes swiftly in this case.  Poor sweet Hailey...   
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« Reply #121 on: April 22, 2014, 01:41:14 AM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/21/will-incriminating-statements-craig-wood-tossed/7958921/

Defense fights for more information in Craig Wood case
11:59 a.m. CDT April 21, 2014

A judge this morning did not agree with a defense motion that statements made by Craig Michael Wood, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old Springfield girl, be thrown out.

However, the issue could resurface during a Thursday preliminary hearing.

Prior to today, Wood's attorney, Patrick Berrigan, asked that all statements Wood made to police, both written and oral, be suppressed.

The defense also has asked that more evidence about the case be provided to the defense.

Wood's attorney wrote in the defense motion about the statements that Wood was suffering from "intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability" when arrested.

Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the death of Hailey Owens, who was abducted from her neighborhood on Feb. 18 and found dead hours later.

Berrigan, an assistant public defender from the state's capital defense division, wrote that statements Wood made to police were coerced and that Wood wasn't properly advised of his Miranda rights.
 
Today, Patterson said he doesn't intend to use Wood's statements as evidence in the preliminary hearing.

Berrigan, raised concern that Patterson might "change his mind" and use the statements Thursday.

Powell indicated Berrigan would be able to object at that point.

On another front, the judge is expected to decide within about the next 24 hours if four police officers called as witnesses for Thursday's hearing must bring reports Berrigan has requested.

Patterson said all four officers subpoenaed will be in attendance whether or not they're called to testify.
 
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« Reply #122 on: April 22, 2014, 01:54:24 AM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/21/lawmakers-hear-case-haileys-law/7964425/

Lawmakers to hear case for 'Hailey's Law'
11:11 a.m. CDT April 21, 2014

Lawmakers are expected to consider "Hailey's Law" this week, named after the slain Springfield 10-year-old.

House Bill 2248, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, would integrate the Amber Alert system into MULES, the computer system used by Missouri law enforcement. The idea is to expedite the reporting of child abduction.

A hearing on the bill in the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee is scheduled for Tuesday.
 
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« Reply #123 on: April 22, 2014, 01:11:39 PM »

 

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/22/charges-rape-sodomy-added-hailey-owens-case/8007539/

Prosecutor: Hailey Owens also suffered sexual attacks
12:08 p.m. CDT April 22, 2014

Craig Michael Wood, the man charged with kidnapping and murdering Hailey Owens, has now also been accused by the Greene County Prosecutor's Office of raping and sodomizing the 10-year-old.

According to a supplemental probable cause statement, the Greene County Medical Examiner determined through an autopsy that Hailey had injuries consistent with rape and sodomy.

The statement says that autopsy was conducted on Feb. 20.

Technically, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson has filed a motion to amend the felony complaint against Wood, 46, to add first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Judges routinely approve such filings when the evidence fits.

The filing comes two days before Wood's preliminary hearing.

According to the amended complaint, the new charges would both carry maximum penalties of life in prison. However, the combination of charges Wood is facing could result in the death penalty.
 
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« Reply #124 on: April 22, 2014, 02:13:18 PM »



http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/22/charges-rape-sodomy-added-hailey-owens-case/8007539/

Prosecutor: Hailey Owens also suffered sexual attacks
12:08 p.m. CDT April 22, 2014

Craig Michael Wood, the man charged with kidnapping and murdering Hailey Owens, has now also been accused by the Greene County Prosecutor's Office of raping and sodomizing the 10-year-old.

According to a supplemental probable cause statement, the Greene County Medical Examiner determined through an autopsy that Hailey had injuries consistent with rape and sodomy.

The statement says that autopsy was conducted on Feb. 20.

Technically, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson has filed a motion to amend the felony complaint against Wood, 46, to add first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Judges routinely approve such filings when the evidence fits.

The filing comes two days before Wood's preliminary hearing.

According to the amended complaint, the new charges would both carry maximum penalties of life in prison. However, the combination of charges Wood is facing could result in the death penalty.
 



 
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« Reply #125 on: April 24, 2014, 02:03:56 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/judge-postpones-craig-woods-preliminary-hearing/21048998_25638208

Judge postpones Craig Wood's preliminary hearing
POSTED: 10:17 AM CDT Apr 24, 2014    UPDATED: 11:12 AM CDT Apr 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - 
A judge granted a defense attorney's request to postpone the preliminary hearing for a man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl two months ago.   That hearing for Craig Wood was scheduled for Thursday morning.

The Greene County prosecuting attorney filed a motion on Tuesday to amend the charges against Wood on Tuesday to add rape and sodomy to previously filed charges of first-degree murder and child kidnapping for the death of Hailey Owens.   The new charges were based on autopsy results from the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office, which arrived at the prosecutor's office on Monday afternoon.

Associate Circuit Judge Mark Powell approved the new charges on Thursday morning and then gave defense attorneys another month to prepare for the preliminary hearing, which is now scheduled for May 22.  At a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether there's enough evidence to send a case to trial court.
 
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« Reply #126 on: April 24, 2014, 11:55:31 PM »

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/24/4979580/craig-wood-pleads-not-guilty-to.html

Craig Wood pleads not guilty to raping, killing Hailey Owens in Springfield
April 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-six-year-old Craig Michael Wood, 46, appeared Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was delayed until May 22.
 
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« Reply #127 on: April 25, 2014, 07:11:14 AM »

http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/24/4979580/craig-wood-pleads-not-guilty-to.html

Craig Wood pleads not guilty to raping, killing Hailey Owens in Springfield
April 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-six-year-old Craig Michael Wood, 46, appeared Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was delayed until May 22.
 



I know sometimes we wonder why a person will plead "not guilty" despite reliable witnesses and a mountain of evidence.  Here is an article I found in regard to another case that may help explain this.

http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2012/02/why-do-guilty-people-plead-not-guilty.html
Why Do Guilty People Plead Not Guilty?
February 29, 2012

Mark Berndt, an elementary school teacher in Miramonte, Calif., recently pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing 23 students in his classroom. But authorities have photos depicting the abuse. They have testimony from current and past students. It seems like a slam-dunk case.

So why did Berndt plead as he did? Why do guilty people plead not guilty?

In one word: strategy.

To start, defendants have a Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. They don't have to plead guilty -- even when they are. Instead, it is up to the prosecutor to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed the crime.

When the prosecutor has little evidence, it makes sense to plead not guilty. The defendant may have a very high chance of being acquitted at trial. But what about when the prosecutor has a lot of evidence, such as with Mark Berndt?

There are still very good reasons why guilty people plead not guilty in these types of situations. For one, it may force the prosecutor to offer a deal. Trials are expensive, even when the evidence is strong. A prosecutor may therefore be inclined to offer a lesser sentence to avoid the expense.

It's also possible the prosecutor's case isn't as strong as it seems. High-profile cases are often overcharged in response to public pressure. There's no reason for a defendant to plead guilty to murder when he's really only guilty of manslaughter.

A defendant may also plan to challenge some key evidence. For example, if the Berndt photos were obtained in violation of the Constitution, they could not be admitted at trial. This could ruin the prosecutor's case, leading to acquittal or fewer charges.

Ultimately, guilty people plead not guilty because it makes sense. They have a right, and their defense attorneys have a duty, to seek the lowest sentence possible.
 
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« Reply #128 on: April 25, 2014, 08:53:49 PM »

MufyBee, thanks for the information about pleading "not guilty."  It makes sense from the defendant's point of view/strategy.  He's facing a combination of charges that could result in the death penalty.  But we also have to remember how Hailey suffered and died and the pain and grief of her family...hoping for swift justice for Hailey.  an angelic monkey
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« Reply #129 on: May 07, 2014, 09:23:03 AM »

MufyBee, thanks for the information about pleading "not guilty."  It makes sense from the defendant's point of view/strategy.  He's facing a combination of charges that could result in the death penalty.  But we also have to remember how Hailey suffered and died and the pain and grief of her family...hoping for swift justice for Hailey.  an angelic monkey


You're welcome grace-land.  In the past, we've seen cases where there were multiple reliable witnesses or even video of a crime in which the defendant would plead not guilty and there would be such an uproar, because their guilt was so obvious.   Sadly sometimes the legal process doesn't seem to be working for the victim and I've sat and wondered where their rights are.  Even though we can't bring Hailey back, it would greatly reduce the added pain and suffering for her family and friends if Craig Woods would plead guilty and keep them all from having to live the nightmare again at trial.  JMHO

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« Reply #130 on: May 22, 2014, 08:59:31 PM »

MufyBee, thanks for the information about pleading "not guilty."  It makes sense from the defendant's point of view/strategy.  He's facing a combination of charges that could result in the death penalty.  But we also have to remember how Hailey suffered and died and the pain and grief of her family...hoping for swift justice for Hailey.  an angelic monkey


You're welcome grace-land.  In the past, we've seen cases where there were multiple reliable witnesses or even video of a crime in which the defendant would plead not guilty and there would be such an uproar, because their guilt was so obvious.   Sadly sometimes the legal process doesn't seem to be working for the victim and I've sat and wondered where their rights are.  Even though we can't bring Hailey back, it would greatly reduce the added pain and suffering for her family and friends if Craig Woods would plead guilty and keep them all from having to live the nightmare again at trial.  JMHO



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« Reply #131 on: May 22, 2014, 09:17:38 PM »

    

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/purple-pink-worn-for-hailey-owens-in-woods-trial/19744/mX48tJPApEy9ggG3uKcbzg
Handwritten 'Stories', One with Girl Named Hailey, Found in Wood's Home
05/22/2014 03:53 PM
05/22/2014 07:52 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – During the preliminary hearing for accused killer Craig Wood, the judge ruled there was enough probable cause on all charges for Wood to go to trial.

Wood is on trial for the Feb. 18 abduction, rape and murder of Owens

In the preliminary hearing on Thursday, FBI Special Agent Jonathan Tucker described finding “writings” in the bottom drawer of a dresser in Craig Woods' home.

Prosecutors said the "stories" were fantasized depictions of violent sexual acts against young girls and were relevant to the case over defense objections.

At one point, Defense Attorney Patrick Berrigan and Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson argued at the bench over the merit of the writings being introduced into evidence.

Berrigan laughed quietly at one of the cases Patterson cited.

"I don't think this is anything to laugh about," Patterson said.

"Those are child sex cases," replied Berrigan.

"This is a child sex case," Patterson said.

When Berrigan asked if there were any specific names used in the stories, the agent replied that one story had an individual named "Hailey.”

In that moment there was total silence in the courtroom.

Several pornographic photos were also found in the folder containing those handwritten pages and the schedules of two students from Pleasant View Middle School. Pleasant View is the school where Woods was a football coach and teachers aide up until the time he was arrested.

Hailey Owens was not a student at that school.
 
An arraignment has been set for June 20, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
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http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/05/22/accused-haileys-case-hear-murder-rape-evidence/9443359/
Testimony: "Pornographic" journal had girl named Hailey
7:36 p.m. CDT May 22, 2014

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« Reply #132 on: May 29, 2014, 12:40:00 AM »

Hailey's Playground--a place of healing, tribute and fun for children.   an angelic monkey

Video at the link
http://www.ky3.com/news/local/springfield-elementary-school-park-renmamed-after-hailey-owens/21048998_26216766

Springfield elementary school playground renamed after Hailey Owens
POSTED: 06:09 PM CDT May 28, 2014    UPDATED: 06:24 PM CDT May 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - 
A northside park was renamed in honor of ten-year-old Hailey Owens Wednesday.  The child's family says the park will be a place of healing following the kidnapping and murder of their loved one in February.

"When I first walked up and saw 'Hailey's Playground,' I wanted to cry, but then on the other hand there's no reason to cry now," said Linda Minor, Hailey's great grandmother.

Springfield's Westport Elementary School and the nearby Westport Park are two places where Hailey Owens spent much of her time.  The ten-year-old's life was was cut tragically short, prosecutors say, by a Springfield teacher's aide.

For Hailey's great grandparents, Rex and Linda Minor, there was comfort in Wednesday's tribute to their grandchild.

"It is so good to see how everybody has poured out their love for the family and for Hailey," Linda Minor said.

An archway painted in Hailey's favorite colors of pink and purple now welcomes children and families to 'Hailey's Playground.
 
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A beautiful poem...
 
http://www.ky3.com/news/local/video-greatgrandmother-of-hailey-owens-reads-emotional-poem/21048998_26215986
Video: Great-grandmother of Hailey Owens reads emotional poem
The peom helped with comfort and healing

POSTED: 05:50 PM CDT May 28, 2014    UPDATED: 05:54 PM CDT May 28, 2014

 
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« Reply #133 on: June 16, 2014, 01:09:18 PM »

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article560321/Court-reporter-in-Hailey-Owens-murder-case-dies-before-finishing-transcript.html

Court reporter in Hailey Owens murder case dies before finishing transcript
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 06/16/2014 10:08 AM  | Updated: 06/16/2014 10:08 AM

 
Longtime court reporter Jeanette Freeman died June 3 at her home of natural causes.
 
Judge Dan Conklin, who will preside over Wood’s arraignment this week, said a transcript problem could prompt another preliminary hearing, but he is hopeful the questions can be worked out before that is necessary

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« Reply #134 on: June 20, 2014, 10:55:18 AM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/06/20/craig-wood-pleads-guilty/11050775//

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in Craig Wood c]ase
10:02 a.m. CDT June 20, 2014

Craig Michael Wood entered a plea of not guilty today in all the charges against him in the killing of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. After the arraignment, the prosecutor filed a notice to seek the death penalty against him.
 

If convicted, Wood could be sentenced to death. He sat silent as Patrick Berrigan, one of the defense attorneys, entered the pleas.

Wood, neatly dressed in a blue pinstriped shirt and khaki pants, appeared before Judge Dan Conklin in Greene County Circuit Court. He entered the plea during his arraignment.

Wood, 46, is charged with murder, kidnapping, rape, sodomy and armed criminal action in connection with Hailey's death.

The next court date is set for Aug. 26. The case is expected to take at least a year before it goes to trial.
 
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« Reply #135 on: June 24, 2014, 09:17:03 AM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2014/06/20/craig-wood-pleads-guilty/11050775//

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in Craig Wood c]ase
10:02 a.m. CDT June 20, 2014

Craig Michael Wood entered a plea of not guilty today in all the charges against him in the killing of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. After the arraignment, the prosecutor filed a notice to seek the death penalty against him.
 

If convicted, Wood could be sentenced to death. He sat silent as Patrick Berrigan, one of the defense attorneys, entered the pleas.

Wood, neatly dressed in a blue pinstriped shirt and khaki pants, appeared before Judge Dan Conklin in Greene County Circuit Court. He entered the plea during his arraignment.

Wood, 46, is charged with murder, kidnapping, rape, sodomy and armed criminal action in connection with Hailey's death.

The next court date is set for Aug. 26. The case is expected to take at least a year before it goes to trial.
 


Thank you for the additional information and update grace-land.  It appears it will be a long road to justice for Hailey Owens and her family.  How awful for her family and friends to have to accept she was brutally murdered  but to have to continue to wait and then go through a trial a year later.  We can't turn back time and nothing will bring Hailey back, but Wood could have pleaded guilty and saved her family from having to go through a trial.  JMHO  
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« Reply #136 on: July 02, 2014, 11:06:47 PM »

Video at the link

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/hailey-owens-edwards-carlos-michelle-witness/67187/q7_2df1ffE6X7gI5jDBxXA

Hailey Owens' Witnesses Honored
07/01/2014 06:09 PM    07/01/2014 06:56 PM

Springfield Police Department recognizes two witnesses involved in the February abduction of Hailey Owens.

Two families in our community were united by this horrific crime.  Witnesses Carlos and Michelle Edwards sat beside Hailey Owens' family during the award ceremony in their honor.  Hugs, and words of appreciation were exchanged.

Carlos and Michelle Edwards witnessed the suspect throwing Hailey Owens into his truck on West Lombard Street.  The couple immediately took action and attempted to stop the man from taking Hailey. 
 
Wood's next court appearance is set for August 26.  He is being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.
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« Reply #137 on: July 02, 2014, 11:13:52 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/craig-wood-asks-for-new-site-for-trial-for-hailey-owens-murder/21048998_26768716

Craig Wood asks for new site for trial for Hailey Owens' murder
POSTED: 04:30 PM CDT Jul 02, 2014    UPDATED: 04:40 PM CDT Jul 02, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - 
A man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl wants his trial moved out of Springfield. Prosecutors oppose the request by Craig Wood.
 
The attorneys will have a chance to present evidence to back up their assertions at a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.  Conklin has not set a date for a trial, which likely is a year to two years away.
 
Hailey's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wood in March.   So far, Wood represents himself in that civil case, which is assigned to Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier.  Wood filed a motion on April 17 to have that case moved out of Greene County.  The attorney for Hailey's parents opposes moving that request for a change of venue.   Cordonnier has not scheduled a hearing on Wood's motion.
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« Reply #138 on: July 22, 2014, 09:59:00 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2014/07/07/officials-video-wood-day-abduction/12290503/

Officials have video of Wood on day of abduction
7:08 a.m. CDT July 8, 2014

Court filings in the case of a man accused of killing Hailey Owens reveal some of the evidence prosecutors have obtained, including video surveillance on the day of the alleged abduction.

In response to a request made by Craig Michael Wood's attorney, prosecutors say they have video surveillance of Wood at a Walmart Neighborhood Market, behind retail store Cosmic Fish and at Pleasant View Middle School.

The filing does not say at what times the videos captured Wood, whether it was before or after the time of the abduction.

The Walmart video is of the Neighborhood Market at 1320 S. Glenstone Ave., Cosmic Fish is at 1445 S. Glenstone Ave. and Pleasant View Middle School is at the corner of AA Highway and Old Buffalo Road.

Prosecutors also noted video of Wood being interviewed by police and copies of conversations Wood had while speaking on Greene County Jail phones.

Copies of all videos were sent to Wood's attorney on July 2, the document says.

The response came after Wood's attorney, Patrick Berrigan, filed a request for certain information. The request included a list of witnesses prosecutors plan to call, any written or recorded statements made by Wood and a transcript of the preliminary hearing.

The transcript of the preliminary hearing had previously come into question when the court reporter in the case, Jeanette Freeman, died. In their response, prosecutors say the transcript is "in the process of being prepared" and will be disclosed when it's ready.
 
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« Reply #139 on: July 29, 2014, 08:51:17 AM »

wait . . . wait . . . wait!

I don't know how these families deal with all the delays.

 

It must be very difficult for the families.  Hopefully, justice comes swiftly in this case.  Poor sweet Hailey...   


wait . . . wait . . . wait . . .
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