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« Reply #160 on: January 29, 2016, 09:09:46 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2016/01/28/hailey-owens-murder-craig-wood/79453984/

First step taken to demolish house where Hailey Owens was found
4:32 p.m. CST January 28, 2016

A first step has been taken to destroy the Springfield house where the body of Hailey Owens was found in February 2014. Once the house is torn down and removed, the lot will be turned into a community garden.

Asbestos removal has been completed, and the front yard of the 1940 bungalow at 1538 E. Stanford St. has been dug up to disconnect water and sewer lines, according to Malie Auterson, co-founder and board president of Springfield Community Gardens.
 
Auterson has met with various people to determine what the garden will be like — including neighbors on Stanford Street, skilled gardeners throughout the city and the parents of Hailey Owens.

The parents have made it clear, she said, that they don't want the location used as a memorial to Hailey. That's because it marks where police believe Wood killed the girl.

"They are also very compassionate people and are aware of the wishes of the neighbors, who, to the best of my knowledge, are very thankful that we're doing this," she said.

It still has not been determined what will be done in the garden  — if anything — to acknowledge Hailey's life, she said.
 
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« Reply #161 on: February 17, 2016, 09:41:42 PM »

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http://www.ky3.com/news/local/hailey-owens-family-keeping-her-memory-alive-two-years-later/21048998_38047356

Hailey Owens' family keeping her memory alive two years later
POSTED: 05:36 PM CST Feb 17, 2016    UPDATED: 06:04 PM CST Feb 17, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - 
It will be two years Thursday since Hailey Owens was taken away from her family and friends.  But despite her kidnapping and murder, her memory is still very much alive.

Of course Hailey Owens' family is missing her and this week is especially rough, but just like at this playground, her memory is very much alive.

The day Hailey Owens was kidnapped from her west Springfield neighborhood and many months after are a fog for her family.  But the support surrounding them after her murder was overwhelming.

"I still can't explain the feeling to walk out and hear that many people chanting her name," said stepfather Jeff Barfield at a news conference with reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

From the time she was taken until now, Hailey's smiling face has spread through the community.
 
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« Reply #162 on: March 04, 2016, 08:21:50 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2016/03/03/craig-wood-allegedly-told-police-theyd-find-hailey-owenss-body-his-basement/81263866/

Craig Wood testifies in pretrial hearing, admits meth use
12:13 a.m. CST March 4, 2016

Craig Wood, the man accused of killing Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens, took the stand briefly Thursday in a pretrial court hearing.

During cross-examination, Wood said he was high on meth during the time frame in which he is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the girl.
 
Wood's case is scheduled to go to trial starting Sept. 26.
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« Reply #163 on: March 04, 2016, 08:26:55 PM »

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/attorneys-try-to-keep-evidence-out-of-wood-murder-trial

Attorneys Try to Keep Evidence Out of Wood Murder Trial
Published 03/03 2016 01:22PM
Updated 03/03 2016 01:22PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The man accused of abducting and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens is back in court today.

A hearing on defense motions began Thursday morning and is lasting into the afternoon.  During today's appearance Craig Wood's attorneys are arguing to exclude evidence and statements from Wood's upcoming trial.

They claim these statements and subsequent evidence obtained on February 18 and 19, 2014 were done so illegally.

During one of two discussions with Springfield Police officers Wood's allegedly told investigators Owen's body was at his home but Wood's attorneys claim he was not read his Miranda rights and had previously asked for an attorney.
 

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« Reply #164 on: April 04, 2016, 09:46:20 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2016/03/30/craig-wood-cant-view-video-teens-alone-judge-says/82419278/

Craig Wood can't view video of teens alone, judge says
3:12 p.m. CDT March 30, 2016

A judge ruled Wednesday that Craig Wood, the man accused of abducting and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens, cannot be alone when watching videotaped interviews of four teenage girls.

As part of the investigation into Hailey's death, a detective with the Springfield Police Department arranged for the Child Advocacy Center to interview four teenage girls who had attended Pleasant View Middle School, where Wood was a para-professional and coach.
 
Also at Wednesday's court appearance, Mountjoy gave prosecutors access to some information about expert witnesses visiting Wood at the Greene County Jail.

Mountjoy ruled that prosecutors could get information from the jail regarding dates and times that Wood was visited by the three expert witnesses hired by the defense — John Fabian a psychologist from Austin, Texas; Kent Franks, a psychologist in Springfield; and James Cantor, a psychologist from Toronto, Canada.

Patterson said in court Wednesday he believes Wood's attorneys will use the experts to try to show Wood had an unbalanced mental state, or "diminished capacity," at the time when he is accused of killing Hailey.

Berrigan said he is not sure whether or not the expert witnesses will testify at trial.

Another matter that was argued but not decided on Wednesday is whether or not prosecutors should have copies of Berrigan's reports from the expert witnesses.

The judge said he will decide soon whether to force Berrigan to give those reports to prosecutors.

Not discussed at Wednesday's court appearance was a recent motion by Wood's attorneys asking the court to throw out evidence obtained from Wood's house.
 
Attorneys for both sides have been asked to submit their final arguments on that motion, in writing, to the judge by next week.
 
A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 26 in Greene County. 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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« Reply #165 on: April 13, 2016, 04:57:07 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/Hailey-Owens-murder-case-Judge-rules-on-access-to-Craig-Wood-mental-health-records/21048998_38971560

Hailey Owens murder case: Judge rules on access to Craig Wood mental health records
POSTED: 02:57 PM CDT Apr 11, 2016 

 
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.
 
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« Reply #166 on: July 22, 2016, 05:55:01 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2016/07/21/judge-considers-delay-craig-wood-trial/87400840/

Judge considers delay of Craig Wood trial
5:23 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.
 
Wood's next court appearance has been scheduled for Aug. 11.
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« Reply #167 on: August 10, 2016, 06:17:07 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Judge-delays-trial-date-for-Craig-Wood-accused-in-death-of-Hailey-Owens-389551532.html

Judge delays trial for Craig Wood, accused of murder of Hailey Owens
By Chris Replogle |
Posted: Mon 8:19 PM, Aug 08, 2016  |  Updated: Mon 8:37 PM, Aug 08, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The trial for the former teacher's aide and coach accused of kidnapping and killing Hailey Owens is delayed.

Craig Wood's jury trial was set to begin in Springfield on Sept. 26 with jurors from Platte County, on the north side of Kansas City That will not happen.

A judge granted a continuance in the case for attorneys for Wood. The murder trial now may be pushed back to May 2017.
 

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« Reply #168 on: October 28, 2016, 08:43:55 PM »

  

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2016/10/27/trial-man-accused-killing-hailey-owens-rescheduled-year-now/92848826/

Trial for man accused of killing Hailey Owens rescheduled to a year from now
3:58 p.m. CDT October 27, 2016

The trial for Craig Wood, the man accused of killing Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014, has been pushed back again.

At a court appearance on Thursday afternoon, Judge Thomas Mountjoy rescheduled Wood's trial to begin with jury selection on Oct. 23, 2017.

Wood's trial was originally scheduled for September 2016, then May 2017, and it is now set for a year from now.

The trial was pushed back the first time after Wood's defense attorneys said they wouldn't be ready, and it was pushed back again on Thursday because Wood's attorneys have a scheduling conflict with the May date.
 
A jury from Platte County will be brought to Springfield to hear the case next year.
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« Reply #169 on: March 08, 2017, 11:32:57 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Prosecutor-asks-for-medical-expert-notes-from-mental-evaluation-on-Craig-Wood-413245013.html

Prosecutor asks for medical expert notes from mental evaluation on Craig Wood
Posted: Wed 11:28 PM, Feb 08, 2017  | 
Updated: Wed 11:57 PM, Feb 08, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  The former Springfield teacher's aide accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens was in court on Wednesday afternoon, as his attorney and the prosecuting attorney argued over expert witness disclosures.

Prosecutor Dan Patterson told the judge that the state is entitled to the full reports from two medical experts, whom the defense hired to examine and interview Craig Wood. The mental evaluations were performed in the event that a not guilty by reason of insanity plea is used by the defense in the upcoming capital murder trail.
 
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« Reply #170 on: March 08, 2017, 11:46:08 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2017/02/10/craig-wood-willing-take-life-prison-avoid-death-penalty-attorney-says/97746584/

Craig Wood willing to take life in prison to avoid death penalty, attorney says     
Published 2:45 p.m. CT Feb. 10, 2017 | 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.
 
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.
 
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« Reply #171 on: April 25, 2017, 11:29:14 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/20/mother-hailey-owens-asks-prosecutor-drop-death-penalty/100619792/

Mother of Hailey Owens asks prosecutor to drop death penalty
Published 2:29 p.m. CT April 20, 2017 | Updated 4:41 p.m. CT April 20, 2017

Correction: Craig Wood's age was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

The mother of Hailey Owens said this week she does not want to sit through a trial.

The News-Leader reported earlier this year that Craig Wood — the man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 10-year-old Hailey in 2014 — 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.

Stacey Barfield, Hailey's mom, told the News-Leader on Tuesday she wants prosecutors to take that deal.

"I don't want to go through the trial because I don't want to relive the nightmare," Barfield said. "I'm never going to be over it, but just re-seeing it is going to make it 10 times worse."
 
Much of the recent court proceedings in the case have dealt with mental evaluations for Wood, and what rights prosecutors have to see notes from psychologists and to have their own psychologist interview Wood.

In Jefferson City, Stacey Barfield has teamed up with Wood's parents, Jim and Regina Wood, to advocate for legislation that would speed up Missouri’s Amber Alerts, which are issued for abducted children.

Craig Wood had a court appearance scheduled for Thursday. It has now been rescheduled to May 25.
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« Reply #172 on: April 28, 2017, 12:05:27 AM »

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Wrongful-death-lawsuit-settlement-reached-in-death-of-Hailey-Owens-420660643.html

Hailey Owens' parents settle wrongful death lawsuit with Craig Wood
Posted: Thu 4:26 PM, Apr 27, 2017  |  Updated: Thu 11:03 PM, Apr 27, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The mother and father of Hailey Owens settled a wrongful death lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. The parents, Stacey Barfield and Ryan Owens, who are not married to each other, reached the settlement with Hailey's accused murderer, Craig Wood.

The settlement agreement approved by Greene County Circuit Judge Michael Cordonnier indicates some or all of the money paid to Barfield, Owens and their attorney comes from an insurance policy that Wood has.
 
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« Reply #173 on: June 09, 2017, 08:16:32 PM »

http://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/attorneys-in-hailey-owens-murder-case-ordered-to-exchange-witness-lists/722087031

Attorneys in Hailey Owens murder case ordered to exchange witness lists
Posted: May 25, 2017 12:16 PM CDT
Updated: May 25, 2017 12:16 PM CDT

MISSOURI - Online Court records indicate that Judge Thomas Mountjoy granted the defendant’s motion for a “will call” list of people lawyers intend to put on the stand at the trial scheduled to begin in October.
 
Wood’s next appearance in court is a pre-trial conference set for 9:30 a.m. June 28, 2017. He remains in the Greene County Jail without bond.
 
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« Reply #174 on: June 30, 2017, 12:00:15 AM »

http://www.kspr.com/content/news/Haley-Owens-accused-killer-wants-death-penalty-off-the-table--430159823.html

Hailey Owens' accused killer challenges Missouri death penalty law
By Sheena Elzie, KSPR News |
Posted: Thu 11:27 AM, Jun 22, 2017  | 
Updated: Thu 4:41 PM, Jun 22, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - The man from Springfield who is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens wants the death penalty taken off the table -- not just in his case but in all first-degree murder cases in Missouri.

Craig Wood’s lawyer filed a motion in Greene County Circuit Court this week with his arguments against the state's death penalty statutes. He laid out his case to remove the death penalty from this trial in a motion that covers 52 pages. If the Missouri Supreme Court would eventually agree with such a ruling, it would invalidate the Missouri laws on death penalties.

Wood is charged with kidnapping, raping, and killing Hailey in Springfield in February 2014. He's been in jail ever since, only leaving for court appearances. The reason that he targeted Hailey, a girl whom he apparently had never met, has never been revealed in court documents or pretrial testimony.

In court, prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty if they get a first-degree murder conviction. However, the families of Wood and Owens have both said they would favor having the request for a death penalty dropped because they think it would lead Wood to plead guilty. Wood would get a life prison sentence with no chance of parole if that occurs.
 
Greene County Presiding Judge Tom Mountjoy will have to rule on the motion, and the former prosecuting attorney may be reluctant to make a ruling on the constitutionality of the Missouri death penalty. Those kind of rulings usually are made by a state appeals court or the Missouri Supreme Court.

Another hearing in Wood's case is scheduled for next week.
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« Reply #175 on: June 30, 2017, 12:08:16 AM »

http://www.kspr.com/content/news/Victims-mother-testifies-against-death-penalty-for-daughters-accused-killer-431336163.html

Victim's mother testifies against death penalty for daughter's accused killer
Posted: Wed 11:17 AM, Jun 28, 2017  | 
Updated: Wed 4:41 PM, Jun 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  The man charged with kidnapping and killing a ten year old girl is in court fighting to get the death penalty off the table.

Craig Wood's attorneys are trying to make the case with an unusual person on their side--the victim, Hailey Owens, mother.

Everyone at the hearing just left the court house, but when Hailey Owens mom, Stacey Barfield, took the stand, the man accused of killing her daughter kept his head down.
 
Judge Tom Mountjoy has not decided on that.
Instead they’ve scheduled another hearing for next month about whether Craig Wood should face the death penalty.

Craig Wood is still scheduled to go on trial in October
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« Reply #176 on: July 27, 2017, 11:17:59 PM »

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/death-penalty-debate-craig-wood-case-437040453.html

Judge in Hailey Owens murder case hears death penalty arguments
Posted: Thu 4:10 PM, Jul 27, 2017  |  Updated: Thu 5:40 PM, Jul 27, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Defense attorneys for Craig Wood and Greene County prosecutors sparred in court on Thursday over Missouri’s death penalty law. Defense attorneys are trying to spare Wood from a possible execution if he’s convicted of kidnapping, raping, and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens in February 2014 in Springfield.

Defense attorneys last month filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Tom Mountjoy to declare Missouri’s death penalty law to be unconstitutional because they say it doesn’t satisfy rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Mountjoy took the issue under advisement. He scheduled another pretrial hearing for Aug. 30 at 8:30.

Wood’s trial is set to start on Oct. 23. He’s offered to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson dropping his attempt to obtain a death penalty, which requires a trial and a recommendation from a jury.

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« Reply #177 on: August 04, 2017, 10:23:16 PM »

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/03/judge-makes-ruling-evidence-craig-wood-trial/537831001/

Judge makes ruling on evidence for Craig Wood trial
Published 4:17 p.m. CT Aug. 3, 2017

A Greene County judge ruled Wednesday against a motion filed by Craig Wood’s attorney to suppress evidence.

According to the ruling, statements made by Wood to police within hours of the kidnapping of Hailey Owens will be allowed as evidence in Wood’s trial.

Wood is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the 10-year-old girl in February 2014.

At one point, he allegedly told police to “call off the search” and said “she is in a tote in the basement.”

Wood’s attorney wanted those statements and others excluded from the trial, the ruling said.

According to the ruling, the attorney argued that Wood was arrested without probable cause when he made some statements, he was not read his Miranda rights when initially questioned, his statements were coerced, police continued to question him after he asked for an attorney, and more.

Judge Thomas Mountjoy ruled against suppressing Wood’s statements as well as suppressing some physical evidence. According to the statement, Mountjoy cited, in part, the “rescue doctrine."

“When the rescue doctrine applies, an individual’s life is in the balance and law enforcement is doing everything in their power to find and literally save the life of the victim,” the ruling read.

Police were actively searching for Owens at the time they first questioned Wood, the ruling said, and officers are allowed to ask questions that could help them find a missing person.
 
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« Reply #178 on: August 05, 2017, 03:55:31 PM »

there for a minute i got worried, he would get miss trial
or worse, off on a tech until i read this

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http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/03/judge-makes-ruling-evidence-craig-wood-trial/537831001/

 
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« Reply #179 on: August 10, 2017, 09:12:22 PM »

there for a minute i got worried, he would get miss trial
or worse, off on a tech until i read this

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“When the rescue doctrine applies, an individual’s life is in the balance and law enforcement is doing everything in their power to find and literally save the life of the victim,” the ruling read.
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/03/judge-makes-ruling-evidence-craig-wood-trial/537831001/

 

 

I was worried, too, until I read that sentence. 
 

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