Hailey Owens' mom asks prosecutors to skip death penalty for Craig Wood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - 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 on charges of 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 on Thursday afternoon that prosecutors have not responded to her request.

Hailey's mom says the loss of her daughter left a permanent void, but she and her family continue to make sure Hailey's death will not be in vain.