JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court justices ruled against attorneys for Craig Wood in his fight to overturn a death penalty sentence.
A jury in 2017 found Wood guilty in the February 2014 murder and rape of Hailey Owens, 10, in Springfield. Police found her body in Wood's basement.
Wood's attorney argued Missouri is one of only two states allowing a judge to impose a death sentence, after jurors could not agree on the sentence. The attorney said that is unconstitutional. Five justices disagrees, writing opinions for the state.
The Missouri Attorney General's Office argued the state's position.