Judge sentences Craig Michael Wood to death in Hailey Owens case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Greene County judge has sentenced Craig Michael Wood to death for his murder conviction in the Hailey Owens case.

Judge Tom Mountjoy made his ruling just before 4 p.m.

Jurors found Wood guilty in November of first-degree murder. However, the jury could not come up with an unanimous decision on his sentencing. That meant the decision for punishment would be made by Judge Mountjoy.

The ex-Springfield schools staff member Wood faced charges in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens. She was killed in February of 2014.

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